His Native American name was Wathahuck (Bright Path).
Had a twin brother, Charles Thorpe, who died of pneumonia at the age of nine. Jim loved his brother and never ceased to mourn him.
Charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.
Inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame in 1972 (inaugural class).
Named America's greatest athlete of the first half of the twentieth century.