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The 1908 Carlisle Indian football team. Jim Thorpe is standing next to coach Pop Warner in the rear.
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Carlisle Indian School Football Team of 1908 including Jim Thorpe, Coach Warner and 24 other team members, all in uniform.

Credit: Courtesy of Cumberland County Historical Society

Few college football players were as dominating as Jim Thorpe. In 1911, he scored all of his team's points in an 18-15 victory over powerhouse Harvard, and the Carlisle Indians finished the season with a record of 11-1. The next year Thorpe led Carlisle to a 27-6 victory over Army in a game in a game fraught with symbolic significance. When his 92-yard touchdown was nullified by a penalty, Thorpe scored a 97-yard touchdown on the very next play. One of his opponents that day was future President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who in a 1961 speech recalled his great opponent. "Here and there, there are some people who are supremely endowed. My memory goes back to Jim Thorpe. He never practiced in his life, and he could do anything better than any other football player I ever saw."

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