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Rice was an American sports writer who was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on November 1, 1880. A famed writer in his day, he was the man who dubbed the 1924 Notre Dame backfield, "The Four Horsemen of Notre Dame." Rice's writing style was poetically heroic, where athletes became larger than life figures. During his lifetime, Rice was known as the dean of American Sports writers and he had a profound effect on the craft of sports journalism. Rice published a book of poetry, "Songs of the Stalwart" published in 1917 which contained some of his famous poetic recollections of sports heroes, as well as non-sports related poetry. Grantland Rice died on July 14, 1954, remembered as the leading journalist of the Golden Age of Sports.

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