National Geographic : 1936 Sep
AP Photograph from Pictures, Inc. SEVERAL TONS OF FOOTBALL TALENT LIMBER UP AT NOTRE DAME, KNOWN THE NATION OVER FOR ITS SUPERTEAMS At this famed South Bend, Indiana, university, the tradition of the late Knute Rockne marches on and the athletes aredrilled inthe fast, thrilling "open game," with emphasis on speed and deception. Such calisthenics as this help to work out muscle kinks and develop fleetness. Resting nonchalantly ontheback ofyour neck, you brace your hips with your hands and move your legs as if riding a bicycle upside down. In the midst of the seaoflarge cleated feet stands Coach Elmer Layden, in his playing days a member of the fast-galloping Rockne backfield known as the "Four Horsemen of Notre Dame." InRockne's 13years ashead coach, heturned out five undefeated teams; his "South Bend Cyclone" roared from coast to coast, winning 105 games, tying five, andlosing only adozen times.