Jim Thorpe

By: Jonathan Cooper

Why Was Jim Thorpe Famous?

Jim Thorpe was a famous athlete and he was good at any sport he played. He was most famous for football and he was considered one of the NFL’s founders. He also was the president of the American Professional Football Association, which is now the NFL. He was voted Greatest Football Player of the first half century. Even though he is famous for football there are many other sports he is known for. He was voted Greatest All-Around Male Athlete of the first half century by the associated press for a reason. He won 2 gold medals at the Olympics, one in the pentathlon, and one in the decathlon. He also played for pro baseball teams like the Cincinnati Reds. He was into the Track & Field Hall of Fame, NFL Hall of Fame as part of the original class, and the U.S Olympic Hall of Fame. He was named Athlete of the Century in 2000 by the associated press, too.

Summary of the Book

Jim Thorpe and his twin Charlie were born in Oklahoma, on May 28, 1887. When he and Charlie turned six they had to go to a boarding school. After three years at the boarding school his brother died of Pneumonia. After the funeral,Jim went back to the boarding school, but when he saw Charlie’s empty cot it was too much for him. He ran the whole 23 miles home. When he got home he was forced to go to another boarding school, called Haskell Institute. Haskell was over 300 miles away from home. At Haskell he joined the track and field team because he was too small to play football. He met their best football player named Chauncy Archiquette who taught Jim the sport and helped Jim make a football. At Haskell he heard his dad was shot and dying so he ran home. A little after Jim had got back home his mom died of an illness. After his Mom died he was recruited to Carlisle which is a boarding school known for sports. A little after he arrived at Carlisle his father died. One day at Carlisle Jim saw his chance to get onto the track and field team. The track team was practicing the high jump and Jim asked to jump even though he was in his overalls. They set the bar higher than the school record and Jim jumped over it. The next day, the coach, Pop Warner, asked Jim to be on the Track and Field team and Jim accepted the offer. Jim asked to be on the football team, but Pop didn’t want his high jumper to be injured so he tried to discourage Jim by starting with a tackling drill. He had to run down the whole field while the whole varsity team tried tackling him. He scored a touchdown on his first two times. He joined the Carlisle football team. He played pro baseball for the Cincinnati Reds, Boston Braves, and the New York Giants and played pro football for the New York Giants and the Oorang Indians. He also won 2 gold medals at the Olympics, one medal for the pentathlon and one for the decathlon in 1912.

Early Life and Childhood

Jim Thorpe and his twin brother, Charlie, were born on, May 28, 1887. His Mom’s name was, Charlotte Vieux Thorpe and his Dad’s name was Hiram Thorpe. He grew up a happy kid, he listened to his dad’s Native American stories and played outside all he wanted. Though at the age of six, he had to go to a boarding school where he had to sit in a classroom. Jim didn’t like school because, unlike at home where he could roam outside, he was indoors all the time. Tragically, at age 9, his brother died of pneumonia. He went home for a few days for Charlie’s funeral and then went back to school. But when he saw Charlie’s empty cot it was too much for him to handle and he ran home. His dad sent him to another boarding school called Haskell and there Jim was taught football by Haskell’s best football player. Jim grew on the sport, but was too small to play. At age 17 he heard his dad was dying and ran home. When he got home he found out that his dad had survived. Sadly, soon after he arrived his mom died of a sickness like Charlie’s. His dad sent him to a different boarding school again, but this time he was asked to go to Carlisle by a talent agent. At Carlisle he was invited to the track and field team after he beat the school’s high jump record in his overalls. Later at Carlisle he joined the football team, but sadly his dad died when he was 19. He ended up playing lots of pro sports.

Jim Thorpe was born in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, USA

This primary source is a picture of Jim Thorpe in his Carlisle football pads. Carlisle is the school where Jim started playing football. He also made his own football at school, but not at Carlisle. Also, football is the sport Jim is known best for and he played pro football for 3 different pro football teams. He also founded a pro football team called the Indians. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame as part of the original class. He also was named Best Male Athlete of the Century and Half Century.

Jim Thorpe's Career

Jim Thorpe’s career was an athlete, he played professional sports for lots of different teams. He played pro football for the New York Giants and the Oorang Indians. He also played pro baseball for the Cincinnati Reds, the New York Giants, and The Boston Braves. He won two gold medals at the olympics, one for the pentathlon, and one for the decathlon too. He was successful in all of these sports.

He was probably most successful in Track and Field or Football. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame and the Track and Field Hall of Fame. Also, his gold medals were in Track and Field events. Even though he was successful in football and track and field he was also successful in other sports, too. Though in the other sports he didn’t have as much success, I think he did because you have to be good to get to the pro’s. He was named Athlete of the Half Century and Athlete of the Century by the associated press.

Interesting Facts

An interesting fact about Jim Thorpe was he was Named Athlete of the Century. He also founded an NFL team called the Oorang Indians. On top of all of that he won two gold medals.

Quote

One of Jim Thorpe’s quotes was, “The competition out here is incredible and it gets tougher every week. But this week is more exciting for me than any other this year, knowing I have won two in a row and I play well here.”

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