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Carlisle Football Team, 1905
Jim Thorpe played football for Carlisle in 1907, 1908, 1911 and 1912

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World-Class Athlete Jim Thorpe Was Born
May 28, 1888

Do you play multiple sports? If you admire great athletes like Deion Sanders that do, meet world-class athlete Jim Thorpe.

Thorpe was a Sac and Fox Native American who excelled at every sport he ever played. Born in a one-room cabin in Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma) on May 28, 1888, Thorpe was named the greatest football player and the greatest American athlete of the first half of the century by American sports writers and broadcasters in 1950. The great-great-grandson of an Indian warrior and athlete, Thorpe attended the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. In 1909, he left school to play baseball for two years before returning to play football, baseball, and basketball, and train for the 1912 Stockholm Olympics in track. How do you think he did?

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