Jim Thorpe 1888 - 1953, Native American athlete who was part of all American-Indian teams in his career. A great athlete, he won Olympic gold medals in the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon, played football (collegiate and pro), baseball and basketball. He was first president of the American Professional Football Association aka National Football League. Jim Thorpe was voted the Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century! His life was brought to further glory when Warner brothers cast Burt Lancaster to star in the movie, Jim Thorpe - All American. Here is an original signature dated 1939.