Jim Thorpe: Football, Track
Jacobus Franciscus Thorpe was far and away the greatest athlete of his day. He played three sports professionally but excelled most at football, leading tiny Carlisle Institute to a national championship and starring for the Canton Bulldogs as a halfback, defensive back and kicker. A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he acheived his greatest fame by winning gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon at the 1912 Olympics. Legend has it that King Gustav V of Sweden told him during the closing ceremonies, "You, sir, are the greatest athlete in the world," to which Thorpe replied, "Thanks, King."