Sac and Fox Nation

2018 – Athletics

Athlete and the first Native American to win Olympic gold medals for the United States, Thorpe is considered one of the most versatile athletes of modern sports. He won Olympic gold medals in the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon and played American football (collegiate and professional), professional baseball, and basketball. The Associated Press named Thorpe the “greatest athlete” from the first 50 years of the 20th century, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted him as part of its 1963 inaugural class.