Jim Thorpe 1st NFL President
February 8, 2021
When sports icon Jim Thorpe met with other founders over a century ago to establish the rules for what became the National Football League, he made one thing clear: the league was not going to jeopardize the careers of amateur athletes.
Jim, an American Indian Olympian hailed as the greatest athlete ever, knew firsthand the pain of being stripped of Olympic gold medals over unfair allegations of professionalism.
The sports world owes it to Jim, who was the biggest star of the emerging sport of pro football, and the first president of the American Professional Football Association, known today as the National Football League, to right a wrong that has persisted to this day.