Referee

Oct. 14, 1947

Count Jim Thorpe among those old timers who would loathe new rules designed to protect quarterback.

In fact, count Thorpe among those who wouldn’t stomach any safety improvements in football since facemasks were invented.

Interviewed in Atlanta, Thorpe told an Associated Press reporter that “it just doesn’t look like the old game used to look. When the same 11 men who started the game went on to finish it … 50 or 60 guys on the bench, all of them more or less specialists.”

“Jim thinks it’s sissy,” his wife chimed in.

Whoa.

Enough said.

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