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Herbert Hoover: Message of Sympathy on the Death of Knute Rockne.
I KNOW that every American grieves with you. Mr. Rockne so contributed to a cleanness and high purpose and sportsmanship in athletics that his passing is a national loss.
Note: The message was sent to Mrs. Knute Rockne, South Bend, Ind.
Knute Rockne, football coach at the University of Notre Dame since 1914, died in a plane crash near Cottonwood Falls, Kans., on March 31, 1931.
Citation: Herbert Hoover: "Message of Sympathy on the Death of Knute Rockne.," April 1, 1931. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=22587.