Notre Dame and the Game that Changed Football

How Jesse Harper Made the Forward Pass a Weapon and Knute Rockne a Legend

by Frank P. Maggio ’63J.D. (Carroll & Graf)

notre_dame_and_the_game.jpgIn the fall of 1913, ND defeated Army 35-13 by using the forward pass. The new offensive weapon helped change how football was played and also decreased the danger to helmetless players.

This story of Jesse Harper, the Notre Dame football coach from 1913 to 1918 and its athletic director from 1931–33, details the early years of football and how the game helped the University survive and evolve.

(April 2008)