one for the Gipper

one for the Gipper

An action taken in honor of someone else. The phrase refers to celebrated Notre Dame football player George Gipp ("the Gipper"). Several years after Gipp's death at age 25, Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne urged his team to "win one for the Gipper." I heard your staff really worked hard to meet the last sales goal before you retired—one for the Gipper, I suppose.
See also: Gipper, one