“Here and there, there are some people who are supremely endowed. My memory goes back to Jim Thorpe. He never practiced in his life, and he could do anything better than any other football player I ever saw.” (Botelho, Greg. Roller-coaster life of Indian icon, sports' first star, CNN.com, July 14, 2004, accessed April 23, 2007.) The start of this storied career began at the Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, a school that was chosen not because of the great academics, but the outstanding varsity football program they had. News of Jim’s father’s death was received shortly after he was enrolled, so the university granted him leave from his studies, so he could go and... [continues]
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