in college he played running back, defensive back, placekicker and punter for carlisle, a little indian school. while at carlisle he was the key component in what is considered to be one of the greatest games ever played, carlisle vs army. in this game carlisle upset the national powerhouse army 27-6. in mordern terms this would be like the New Mexico blowing out OU or Auburn.
as a couple of fun side note in a game against Penn, Thorpe acting in his role as punter, punted the ball down the field. he then sprinted down field and caught his own punt before it hit the ground and ran it a further 20 yards for a touchdown. in the game against army, thorpe had a 92-yard touchdown run which was called back due to a teammate's penalty. so he followed up with a 97-yard touchdown run the very next play. once again against army: army linebacker Dwight Eisenhower, the very same Eisenhower who would go on to be a war hero and president of the united states, and a fellow army teammate attempted to high-low Thorpe late after a play. Thorpe saw them coming and nimbly jumped out of the way, however he waited long enough before evading the hit that Eisenhower and his teammate collided, giving each of them an injury that would eventually end their careers as football players.