Jim Thorpe, Harold "Red" Grange, George "Papa Bear" Halas and Earl "Curly" Lambeau established themselves as household names for their accomplishments as players, coaches and owners during the 1920s. This group of players was the first to gain prominence after the founding of the National Football League in 1920.
Labeled the greatest athlete in the world by journalists, sportscasters and King Gustav V of Sweden, Jim Thorpe paved the way for the formation of the American Pro Football Association. Thorpe helped ensure the league's success as a player and served as the league's first president.
Known to many as "the Galloping Ghost," Harold "Red" Grange was one the fledgling NFL's biggest stars. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1963, Grange stamped his name in the NFL's annals as the biggest draw of the time. His debut on Thanksgiving Day in 1925 drew the then-largest crowd of 36,000 fans. Shortly thereafter, Grange and the Bears beat that handily filling the stands with over 70,000 fans.
Like Thorpe and Grange, George "Papa Bear" Halas and Earl "Curly" Lambeau are Hall of Fame inductees. They share the record for coaching their teams to six NFL championships.