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Gipp's body exhumed for DNA testing
Compiled from Times wires
Published October 11, 2007
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - The body of George Gipp, the Notre Dame football player who inspired the rallying cry "Win one for the Gipper," was exhumed recently for DNA testing in his Upper Peninsula hometown.
The test was sought by the Gipp family and met legal requirements, Houghton County Medical Examiner Dr. Dawn Nulf said Wednesday, though it angered some relatives who live in the area where Gipp was born and raised.
Nulf declined comment about why the request was made.
An ESPN crew filmed the exhumation for an upcoming story, but a spokesman said the network played no role in arranging it.
Gipp's remains were taken Oct. 4 from Lake View Cemetery near the village of Laurium, about 550 miles northwest of Detroit, where he was buried in 1920 after dying from pneumonia and a strep infection during his senior year at Notre Dame. They were returned to the grave the same day, Nulf said.
Gipp was Notre Dame's first All-American. He's known for the deathbed exhortation attributed to him years later by coach Knute Rockne. During a pep talk, Rockne inspired his underdog team with the story of a dying Gipp urging the team to "win one for the Gipper."
Nulf said she was contacted a couple of months ago by a family representative seeking the DNA test. The family presented an affidavit that was approved by the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department.
Nulf declined to identify the relative but referred a reporter to Mike Bynum, a sports author who has researched Gipp and attended the exhumation. Bynum said it was requested by Rick Frueh, whose grandmother was one of Gipp's sisters.
"This is a very sensitive family matter," said Bynum, who described himself as a close friend of Gipp's closest living relatives. He said they would issue a statement in the future.
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