It’s Thursday and this is the day we remember Thor(pe). It turns out Jim Thorpe (May 22, 1887 – March 28, 1953) was quite an all around athlete. Of course I’ve heard his name and seen the iconic photo above but didn’t know much beyond that. He was an Indian of Sac and Fox descent. His parents were half breeds as was Jimbo. His native name was Wa-Tho-Huk, translated as “path lit by great flash of lightning” aka, “Bright Path“. He was baptized a Catholic and kept the faith throughout life. Both parents could have used some modern medicine since his mother died during childbirth of another sibling and his father died with gangrene. He went to school and competed in a lot of sports including ballroom dancing. Hell, he even won the 1912 inter-collegiate ballroom dancing championship. He won some medals at the Olympics (including the hammer throw), played pro sports including football, baseball and basketball. Married three times, fathered 8 kids. Blew through his money and resorted to odd jobs. Died of heart failure, has a town named after him in Pennsylvania.
This card could probably pay a good chunk of college tuition (maybe not: http://www.psacard.com/CardFacts/Item/6904/jim-thorpe-1955-topps-all-american-37-football-cards). There is an annual Jim Thorpe Award for college football’s best defensive back.
We now return you to your regular post-debate musings.
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