6’1 185lbs. Football, Baseball, Track and Field
To steal a line; you don’t tug on superman’s cape, you don’t spit into the wind, you don’t pull the mask off the lone ranger, and you don’t mess around with Jim.
Jim Thorpe was the first great multi-sport athlete, and we consider him the greatest athlete of all time. When in college he played under legendary coach Glenn ‘Pop’ Warner for the Carlisle Indians and went on to win a national championship in 1912 as a running back, defensive back, field goal kicker, and punter.
That summer he won Olympic gold in the pentathlon and the decathlon, then went on to play professional baseball with the Giants, Reds and Braves. A few years later he started back up with football again and excelled in the American Professional Football Association that was the precursor to the NFL.
He then put on his gym shorts and started traveling around with his basketball team, “Jim Thorpe and His World Famous Indians.” In 1996, ABC crowned him the ‘Sports Athlete of the Century.’ To put it bluntly, he was better than everyone at everything.