win one for the Gipper

Win one for the Gipper is a phrase which originally came from the game of football in the 1920s when a player called George Gipp was the star player of the Notre Dame team. The story is that Gipp fell ill in the middle of a season in the 1920s and ended up dying from his illness, and the coach promised that if the team looked to be losing, he would inspire them with this phrase. It is now used as a way to encourage others to do their best.