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Judge makes ruling on Thorpe's remains

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The two surviving sons of Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Thorpe, who died in 1953, won a legal ruling that will likely result Thorpe's body being moved from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma.

Thorpe, who is considered by some the world's greatest athlete of all time, has been the subject of a legal fight for decades over what to do with his remains. He has been buried in the town that took his name: Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, as requested by his third wife.

However, Thorpe's surviving children, Bill and Richard Thorpe, are from his second wife and always wanted their father buried at Indian land in Oklahoma, where he was born and raised.

U.S. District Judge Richard Caputo decided Friday in favor of Thorpe's sons, saying that special consideration should be given to "the sanctity of the Native American culture's treatment of the remains of those of Native American ancestry."

Thorpe was an All-American for the Carlisle Indian School in 1911 and 1912 and became a professional football player in 1913. In 1920, he was the first president of the American Professional Football Association, which later became the National Football League.

He played 52 NFL games for the Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Indians, Oorang Indians, Rock Island Independents, New York Giants and Chicago Cardinals from 1920 to 1928. He was a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's inaugural class in 1963.
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