Jim Thorpe Was Inducted Into The NFL Hall Of Fame
Despite never throwing a javelin in his life before the Olympics, Thorpe owned both the decathlon and pentathlon in the 1912 Games. The first Native American to win a gold medal for the United States was stripped of his award after officials discovered he was paid to play two seasons of semi-professional baseball before competing in the Games.
Following his athletic tenure, Thorpe served as the first president of the American Professional Football Association, later becoming the NFL. In 1963, he would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.