Gipp's body exhumed for DNA testing

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The body of Notre Dame legend George Gipp has been exhumed for DNA testing, though there's no clear word on why.

One of college football's all-time greats, Gipp inspired the rallying cry, "Win one for the Gipper." He died of pneumonia and a strep infection in 1920 during his senior year at Notre Dame.

A medical examiner in Michigan says the testing was done at the Gipp family's request. She says the remains were taken from the Upper Peninsula gravesite on October fourth and returned the same day. She has declined to comment about why the request was made.

A man who says he's close to the Gipp family said the testing was requested by someone related to Gipp's sister. He labels it a "very sensitive family matter." Meanwhile, a distant Gipp cousin calls the testing a "desecration."

An ESPN crew filmed the exhumation for an upcoming story, but a spokesman says the network had no part in arranging it.

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