Thorpe was part Native American and was from Oklahoma . Thorpe was memorialized in the Warner Bros. film Jim Thorpe – All-American (1951) starring Burt Lancaster, with Billy Gray performing as Thorpe as a child. Jim Thorpe was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963. With Thorpe as star and coach, the Bulldogs claimed unofficial world championships in 1916, 1917, and 1919. James Francis Thorpe (May 28, 1888 – March 28, 1953) was an American athlete in track, football, and baseball. Home Teams Players Coaches Drafts Awards Leaders Contact. Jim Thorpe pro football statistics. Jim Thorpe pro football statistics. He played football, track, and six other sports at Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania. Home Teams Players Coaches Drafts Awards Leaders Contact. His mere presence moved pro football a giant step forward in the public’s estimation. Thorpe was everything Cusack expected him to be – an exceptional talent and an unparalleled gate attraction. The honors piled up: 1950, named greatest athlete of the half-century 1900-49 by Associated Press sports editors; 1951, elected to College Football Hall of Fame; 1951, movie of his life "Jim Thorpe All-American" stars Burt Lancaster; 1957, a town, Jim Thorpe, Pa., named for him; 1963, elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame; 1984, a Jim Thorpe stamp issued by the U.S. The film was directed by Michael Curtiz .