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Man who tended to Rockne memorial defined spirit of Notre Dame

Updated: January 31, 2008, 1:30 AM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

The news finally hit sometime early Wednesday morning. Unable to sleep, David Kil couldn't stop thinking about the man he had met 35 years earlier, the man who was no longer here.

He was on his way to Chicago from Colorado that day in 1973 when he pulled off the highway near Cottonwood Falls, Kan., and tried to find the site of the 1931 plane crash that killed Knute Rockne. But the Notre Dame graduate found more than a stone monument. He found a new friend. A new member of the Irish ...

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