The Jim Thorpe Story Author:Gene Schoor Once in a lifetime a star is born and it shines with such brilliance that nothing can transcend it. Such a star is JIM THORPE who was the greatest football star and all-round athlete of this century. In a recent sports pole he was again named ALL STAR-ALL AMERICAN. Great athletes come and go, but no one has yet topped Thorpe's records for footba... more »ll, baseball, field and track.
While still a senior at Carlisle, he was All-American halfback Olympic champion, where he won four firsts in both the decathlon and pentathlon, feats never equalled by any other athlete, and he has never lost his unique position as top American sports hero. When Gustav of Sweden drapped him with the laurel wreath, he called him the most wonderful athlete in the world. That fall, the little Indian college of Carlisle played football against all the leading Eastern colleges and on every gridiron the cry was "Stop that Indian!" Harvard, West Point, Lehigh and a dozen other top teams went down in defeat, for no one could stop Jim Thorpe. He combined the Irishman's love of combat, which he inherited from his father, with the Indian's vigor and grace, for Jim Thorpe is one part French, two parts Irish and the rest Fox and Sac, a descendant of the great Indian Chief, Black Hawk who led his tribes against the powerful Osage-Cherokee and later the invading white men.« less