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How would legendary athlete Jim Thorpe compare to todayâs top performers?
â James A. Clark, Ardmore, Okla.
Itâs an age-old debate: How would athletes from past eras compare to todayâs outsized, highly trained, mega-talented superstars? Could Babe Ruth hit a homer off Clayton Kershaw? Could Jim Brown crack 100 yards against the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens? Without a time machine, itâs impossible to know for sure, but in Thorpeâs case, his unparalleled versatility would indicate an ability to thrive in any era. Thorpe was a world-class track and field athlete who won gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon at the 1912 Summer Olympics; he played football, basketball and baseball at the professional level; and heâs a member of both the Pro and College Football Halls of Fame. Give the 6'1", 202-pound Oklahoma native a few months in a modern weight room and at a 21st century training table, and heâd take his place alongside todayâs greats. The best part of this is, you can never prove us wrong.