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Name: Frank P. MaggioPen Name: None Genre: Non-Fiction Born: April 13, 1937 in Rockford, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionMaggio was born and currently resides in Rockford, Illinois.
Biographical and Professional InformationMaggio is a lawyer and writer. He has been a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, in Rockford, Illinois since 2002. He has had a law practice in South Bend, Indiana and has also worked for the legal department of E.I. Dupont Nemours & Company, Inc., in Wilmington, Deleware. He returned to private practive in Rockford, Illinois in 1968.
- Notre Dame and the Game that Changed Football: How Jesse Harper Made the Forward Pass a Weapon and Knute Rockne a Legend, Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2007
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Notre Dame and the Game that Changed Football: How Jesse Harper Made the Forward Pass a Weapon and Knute Rockne a Legend
ISBN: 078672014X Da Capo Press. 2007
Between 1880 and 1905, more than 325 deaths were reported in college football, and several major football schools, including Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, and Penn, threatened to drop the sport. President Theodore Roosevelt even called a White House conference to eliminate football's violence. One result was the development of the forward pass, which reduced the frequency of dangerous collisions between helmetless players. Enter Jesse Harper, head football coach at Notre Dame. Harper recognized the potential of the forward pass, and, by the summer of 1913, along with star players Knute Rockne and Gus Dorais, had perfected an efficient, overhand throwing motion. With this new offensive weapon, the Fighting Irish marched into West Point that fall to face the Eastern powerhouse Army, and routed the Black Knights 35–13. This victory not only changed the way football would be played, it also established Notre Dame as a football power. This is the story of Jesse Harper and his tremendous impact on the game we know today. Drawing from years of original research, Frank P. Maggio brings the classic victory to life and recounts Jesse Harper's role in Notre Dame's evolution into college football's most successful and storied program, and an elite university.