Jim Thorpe “Greatest Athlete In The World’

Posted by Redskins.com on November 1, 2013 – 11:13 am

Jim Thorpe (center) and Lone Star Dietz (right) meet with Leo Disend

Jim Thorpe  and Lone Star Dietz meet with Leo Disend

November is Native American Heritage month. Throughout the month, we’ll look back at stories of interest.

Today we unearthed a photo of a Native American man King Gustav V of Sweden called, “the greatest athlete in the world.” Jim Thorpe won gold medals in the decathlon and the pentathlon at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm. He played professional baseball, but gained fame and fortune as a football player. In 1920, the charter members of the NFL named Thorpe as the league’s first president.

In this photo, Thorpe meets with the Redskins’ first coach, William “Lone Star” Dietz. The image comes from a book titled “Keep A-Goin'” by Tom Benjey.


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16 Responses to “Jim Thorpe “Greatest Athlete In The World’”

  1. By Barry Worrell on Nov 1, 2013 | Reply

    That’s Jim Thorpe on the left, not the center as stated under the photo. Number 31 is not big enough to be Jim Thorpe.

  2. By Ron Whitt on Nov 1, 2013 | Reply

    The way we started and with the native Indians and there support The proper way to be THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS and forget those few people crying in New York

  3. By Frank Cisarik on Nov 1, 2013 | Reply

    The picture posted of Jim Thorpe is posted twice….and the top caption is incorrect, as the bottom picture indicates that Jim Thorpe is the gentleman on the left (and his DOB would support this). As a huge Redskins supporter, I think it’d be wise to correct this error ASAP or you’re going to upset a lot of folks, unintentionally (although I understand you may have pulled the pic from another source where the caption was incorrect). HTTR!!!

  4. By Di on Nov 1, 2013 | Reply

    Being a third generation Washingtonian will take this long to think to change a Washington team of 81years. Maybe ten more years!

  5. By Mary Boerner on Nov 1, 2013 | Reply

    Jim Thorpe truly was one of the greatest athletes ever and ALL Americans, not just Native Americans, are Proud of him – as an AMERICAN.
    The name “Redskins” was never and will never be anything but an expression of love, no disrespect to our Native American Brothers. I so wish all these racial issues would quit, we are American, no Irish American, French American, African American, just plain AMERICAN .Let’s stop all this insensitivity and ALL be just AMERICANS.

  6. By Anthony Brown (@SkinsHogHeaven) on Nov 1, 2013 | Reply

    Interesting approach. Hope it works.

  7. By Anthony Brown (@SkinsHogHeaven) on Nov 1, 2013 | Reply

    William Dietz was the second couch in franchise history, although he was the first to coach the team after it was renamed Redskins.

    The first coach in team history was Lud Wray.

  8. By tombenjey on Nov 1, 2013 | Reply

    Why did you have to embarass me and use this photo? At my very first book talk, Leo Disend’s brother raised his hand and said, “That’s not Leo Disend. He was my brother and that’s not his number.” Gulp. The incorrect caption in the Albright College yearbook that went undiscovered for over 60 years had to turn up in my book. Albright staff reseached the issue and found the young quarterback was John Killiany, Class of ’46.

    I apologize if my error caused any confusion.

    Tom Benjey, author of “Keep A-goin’: the life of Lone Star Dietz.”

  9. By Al Terego on Nov 1, 2013 | Reply


  10. By joel hudlow on Nov 2, 2013 | Reply

    My dad was half cherokee my grandmother was adopted off the reservation.My dads passion for the reskins was unbelievable.His parents took him to griffith as a boy and he took me to rfk.These people know no slander is intended its a way to draw publicity to them.The atlanta braves cleveland indians and fla seminoles would be next.I dont care what a bunch of liberals think.They are ruining the country.The ravens are offending the crows the dolphins the fish and so on. Hail to the redskins and screw anyone that doesnt like it

  11. By kasia gogols,i on Nov 2, 2013 | Reply

    This new to me

  12. By 1434 on Nov 4, 2013 | Reply

    Cool story, Bro!

    But, your boy “Lone Star” wasn’t even Native American. He stole a dead man’s identity and is a fraud.

    The irony is so thick, I can taste it.

  13. By Baebara Catlett on Nov 7, 2013 | Reply

    I’m told that I have Indian in me.I’m not a football fan as my hushmand .But I think The Redskins name is great I’m pround to be a very small part of them.So hang in there and fight for it as thy say we can.Go Redsjins Go.

  14. By Ugg Herren Boots on Nov 21, 2013 | Reply

    Highly descriptive blog, I enjoyed that bit. There has to be a part 2?

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