Paper: An Introduction to the Life of James Francis Thorpe

Dwight later stated, “Thorpe gained ground; he always gained ground. He was the greatest man | ever saw." 3 At the Olympic Games at Stockholm, Sweden, in 1912, performed the dazzling accomplishment of winning both the five-event pentathlon and ten-event-decathlon, an achievement that had never ever been performed by an athlete. King Gustav of Sweden presented the winners their gold medals. When it was Thorpes turn, he draped the medal about his shoulders and said, "Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world." 4 But being an in the Amateur Athletic Union, he played professionally, and therefore received money. Due to this, the International Olympic Committee stripped Jim of his medals, ordered him to return them, and erased his name from the official Olympic records. In 1915, Jim began to play professional football for the Canton Bulldogs, located in Canton, Ohio. A year later, through his skills developed at Carlisle, he led the Bulldogs to a national championship. He also managed professional baseball, but he did not achieve the great accomplishments as he did in football, so he slowly stopped and concentrated on football. By 1924, at the age of 37, his football skills finally began to fade as a star. He eventually stopped in 1927. He played for a few minutes at the crowds request and that was it. The wire service at this game stated, " played a few minutes for the Cardinals, but was unable to get anywhere. In his forties and muscle-bound, Thorpe was a mere shadow of his former self." 5 With out a doubt, , achieved great heights for any person, especially being Indian, where he was being faced with the white assimilation and etc. | look up to this man in great awe, for the great accomplishments he achieved, but had no one to share it with. He lost his father to stroke, his twin brother to pneumonia, and also his mother. It was not always a time of happiness for Jim, but he knew he had to carry on, in order to give honor to his Indian blood....