Jim Thorpe
1972 - Football/Baseball/Track
Sac & Fox

DATE OF BIRTH: May 28, 1888

  • BIRTH PLACE: Prague, Oklahoma
  • TRIBE: Potawatomi/Sac & Fox
  • EDUCATION: Carlisle Indian School
    Cumberland Valley College
  • SPORTS DATA: Track and Field/Football/Baseball

  • College Athletic Achievements:
    • All-American halfback – Carlisle 1908
    • All-American halfback – Carlisle 1911
    • All-American halfback – Carlisle 1912
    • Gold Medal winner in the Pentathlon and the Decathlon at the 1912 Olympic Games
  • Professional Achievements:
    • Football – 1920-1929 with the Canton Bulldogs and the New York Giants.
    • First President of the American Football Association which became the National Football League
  • The King of Sweden as he congratulated Jim Thorpe on winning the Olympic Decathlon, “You sir are the greatest Athlete in the World.”
  • 1950 Jim Thorpe was voted the greatest Athlete of the 1st half century.
  • 1963 Elected to the Pro-Football National Hall of Fame.
  • ‘Wikipedia Free on-line Encyclopedia’ "Jim" Thorpe is considered one of the most versatile athletes in modern sports. He won Olympic gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon, starred in college and professional football, played Major League Baseball and also had a career in basketball. He subsequently lost his Olympic titles when it was found he had played two seasons of minor league baseball prior to competing in the games (thus violating the amateur status rules). In 1983, thirty years after his death, his medals were restored.
  • ‘Wikipedia Free on-line Encyclopedia’ “A ticket discovered in an old book recently brought to light his career in basketball. "Jim Thorpe and His World-Famous Indians" barnstormed for at least two years (1927-1928) in parts of New York, Pennsylvania, and Marion, Ohio. Although images of Thorpe in his WFI basketball uniform were printed on postcards and published in newspapers, this period of his life was not well-documented, and until 2005 most of Thorpe's biographers were unaware of his basketball career.