Hall of Famer Jim Thorpe awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Hall of Famers Published on : 5/4/2024
Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM THORPE was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously on Friday. 

The Associated Press reported that President Biden bestowed the Medal of Freedom on 19 people, including Thorpe.

"The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, world peace, or other significant societal, public or private endeavors," according to a White House news release.

Thorpe to some remains the greatest all-around athlete ever. He was enshrined into the Hall of Fame in 1963.

Excellent at every sport he tried, he gained his greatest fame by winning the decathlon and pentathlon events at the 1912 Olympics, only to have his medals taken away because he had once been paid to play minor-league baseball (the medals were restored posthumously in 1982). Although he played six seasons of major-league baseball, football always remained his favorite sport.