James Francis "Jim" Thorpe (Sac and Fox (Sauk): Wa-Tho-Huk, translated to "Bright Path") (May 28, 1888 – March 28, 1953) was an American athlete of mixed ancestry (Caucasian and Native American). Considered one of the most versatile athletes of modern sports, he won Olympic gold medals for the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon, played American football (collegiate and professional), and also played professional baseball and basketball.
Walter Payton jumps over a pile of defenders to score a touchdown during a 1984 Bears-Saints game. Later in the game, Payton would pass Jim Brown as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher. (Andy Hayt/SI) GALLERY: Rare Photos of Walter Payton | NFL’s All-Time Top RBs