Friday, November 09, 2007

The Gipper's Off the Hook

The reason for George Gipp's exhumation has been revealed.

Ellen Weeks Easton said that she had often heard that her grandmother, Eva Bright, had dated Gipp while he was at Notre Dame. Eva became pregnant at the age of 18 and gave birth to a daughter just a few days after Gipp died in December of 1920 of complications from strep throat.

[Mike] Bynum said DNA tests completed late this week after a sample was obtained from the exhumation showed conclusively that Gipp was not the father of Eva Bright's daughter.

"The DNA match wasn't even close to those we had of tests from Eva's family," he said, adding that three tests were taken. [Link]

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