Jim Thorpe (Wa-Tho-Huk)

2x Olympian, Hall-of-Famer, & 1st NFL President Jim Thorpe (Wa-Tho-Huk)

Jim Thorpe (or Wa-Tho-Huk, which means “Bright Path”), predominantly of Sauk and Fox American Indian descent, was one of the greatest all-around athletes to ever live. In addition to excelling in professional football and baseball, he won golds in both the pentathlon and the decathlon in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. However, Thorpe had his medals revoked because he had played a year of semi-professional baseball, not knowing his doing so was against Olympic regulations. Not only were his medals revoked, but his victories were wiped from the Olympic record. Fortunately, seventy years later, in 1982, he was named co-winner of those 1912 Olympics, and his medals were later restored posthumously to his family.

Thorpe is in the halls of fame for college football, pro football, and track and field. He was the first president of the American Professional Football Association, which is now known as the NFL. Additionally, a town in Pennsylvania has been named after him.

Further reading: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Jim-Thorpe-American-athlete

&   https://www.nytimes.com/1982/10/14/sports/jim-thorpe-s-olympic-medals-are-restored.html#:~:text=The%20two%20gold%20medals%20from,baseball%20were%20restored%20posthumously%20yesterday.&text=Not%20only%20were%20the%20medals,the%20official%20Olympic%20record%20books.