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THORPE GREATEST ATHLETE AND FOOTBALLER
"You, sir, are the most wonder
ful athlete in the world."
That js- what Gustay, king of
"", J"u J'." -' ;"-""'M"y
the bac and Fox; Indian whq, won
the two all around events for the
United Spates in the. Olympic
games. - -
If King Gustav could see "Jim",
Thorpe-play football he might
add : " Ypu are the most wonder-,
ful football player in the world.'r
To prove that the Swedish
king spoke straight Thorpe ame
back home and won the A-A. U..
all around xhampionshipf break
ing all records, incidentally.
This: year "Jim" Thorpe, picked!
last fall by Walter Camp as one?
of the AU-American half backs, isj
leading the Carlisle Indian team,!
which some critics declare is the
strongest eleven in the land.
Ehorpe, as captain, is rounding
out his career in a blaze of glory
a fitting finale to his wonderful
exploits on two continents!' dur
ing which he has been feted by a
king,, eulogized by, a president,
and royally greeted in two of the
greatest cities in America.
He is the greatest half baqk in
the world. Football -is his spe
cialty. Although at homer in(
sprint, jump, hurdle, .shot put,, f
discUs, vault or at a baseball
pitch'er, he prefers football and is
conceded to rank as one, of the
three ir'four srreatest halfbacks
football has produced.
With the ball tucked under his
arm, "Jim" Thorpe, in a broken
field, is a sight t6 arouse the most
stoical football critic. An east
ern coach last fall said it was
worth the price of admission to
see Thorpe go down the fielcl with
The "big four" of eastern foot
ball fear no team as they fear -Carlisle.
It is a foregone conclu
sion, when the- Indians get the
ball to ah opponent's 40-yard
line, Thorpe will Mck a goal. In
tjie Harvard game last fall he
booted the ball over the Red goal
four times, winning for Carlisle.
Thorpe is a marvel because he
loyes the game, puts all of his
characteristic earnestness into it
and because his work upon track
and field has fitted him for ex
traordinary exploits in football.?
It is seldom, that a man stand
ing over six feet and weighing
190 pounds, can run and jumo.