Which NFL/American football great are you most closely connected to?

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This week's Example Profile of the Week is Jim Thorpe, one of the greatest American Football players in the history of the sport, in recognition of the upcoming Super Bowl.

Featured alongside him are other notable football greats:

Who are you most closely connected to? If you're one of the 21,620,000 of us who are connected to each other on our big tree you can check with the Connection Finder.

You can also check for shared ancestors with the Relationship Finder. Are you a cousin to any of them? Your Relationship Finder Quick Links page (see your profile pull-down menu under "Relationships") has quick links for several notable groups.

Let us know below!

P.S. Help us choose and improve profiles for next week's feature: Black Change Makers!

WikiTree profile: Jim Thorpe
in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (432k points)
reshown by Chris Whitten
John Clement, Johnny Zero for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is my first cousin, 2x removed. The only player to ever wear number zero on the team, he played 1946-1948. He played in the 1948 championship game against Philadelphia, but received a major injury that needed his career.
Never heard of most of them.
Y. A. Tittle  (Yelberton Abraham Tittle) 1926-2017 is my closest Football cousin. He is an 8 cousin 2 removed (8C2R) to me.  He played for Baltimore Colts 1948-1950; San Francisco 49ers 1951-1960; and New York Giants 1961-1964.

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How do you find the degrees to individuals?

If you navigate to the Connection Finder page, you can click on the names and it will show the degree of connection and how. Either that, or if you are on a person's profile you can go to the Family Trees and Tools tab and scroll down and select Connection to Me.

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Buffalo Bills
by Beth O'Malia G2G Crew (500 points)
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by Tommy Buch G2G6 Pilot (143k points)
I am most closely connected to Robert Wells Marshall at 19 degrees.
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Not exactly NFL/AFL, and only the brother of my aunt’s husband, but he’s all I’ve got: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Layden-55

Mike Layden University of Notre Dame in 1936 where he played right half back in the "Game of the Century", the 40 point underdog against Ohio State winning the game with a score 18 to 13. He was a Big Ten football official from 1937 to 1965 and a 12-year liaison official for Associated Colleges of Indiana for 12 years. 

by Robert Hvitfeldt G2G6 Pilot (140k points)
edited by Robert Hvitfeldt
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I am most closely connected to Frederick Pollard at 25 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Mach 7 (76.6k points)
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Love the diversity on that one! (no, I'm not joking... Just look at their trees :-))

Closest for me is Jim Thorpe at 22 degrees.
by Isabelle Martin G2G6 Pilot (406k points)
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Jim Thorpe- 7th cousin twice removed, 17 degrees
by Arora Anonymous G2G6 Pilot (106k points)
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For me, I'm closest to Louis Partlow, 17th cousins. Then, 19 degrees from Jim Thorpe.

The diversity in this list is to be lauded. WikiTree rocks.
by Natalie Trott G2G6 Pilot (759k points)
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18 degrees from Jim Thorpe (7th cousins, 3x removed)
18 degrees from Frederick Pollard (21st cousins)
21 degrees from Lou Partlow (17th cousins, 1x removed)
21 degrees from Robert Marshall
22 degrees from Bronko Nagurski
24 degrees from Earl Lambeau
25 degrees from Joseph Guyon
29 degrees from Joseph Magidsohn
30 degrees from Wallace Yonamine
by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 3 (34.3k points)
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William Marvin Bradshaw was Terry Bradshaw's father ,Which Terry is still living so I cannot share his profile ,  William was a brother to my first husband's mother , so that is my closest connection,  

Iva Margaret Miller , Jim Thorpe's first wife is my 6th cousin 3 times removed 

by Janine Isleman G2G6 Mach 1 (13.0k points)
edited by Janine Isleman
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by Scott Fulkerson G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
Yep - we're 6th cousins, 3 times removed.
I wouldn't get too excited ---- the link between Fritz's mother and John Calvin Hughes is highly questionable and extremely uncertain. (Doesn't matter that someone marked it  as certain - it isn't.)
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Well, I was really hoping to be related by blood to Earl 'Curly' Lambeau because I am from Wisconsin and, win or lose, a devoted Packer fan. Boohoo, no blood relation.

I am most connect to Jim Thorpe (what an honor)!

I am related to: 

1) Lou Partlow - 20th cousins 2x removed through MRCA Robert Holand, and

2) Frederick Pollard - 21st cousins 1x removed through MRCA Robert Holand

by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (417k points)
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15 degrees from Jim Thorpe.

In Jim Thorpe's mother's family tree:

We share common ancestors:

Jean Viau b.1677 France et Francoise Provost b.1689

His 5th great-grandparents and my 7th great-grandparents:

His 4th great-uncle Jean Baptiste Viau b.1714 is my 6th great-grandfather.
by Gail Keefe G2G Crew (540 points)
edited by Gail Keefe
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Until you asked this question, I did not know that Jim Thorpe had French Canadian ancestors. On the Wikitree connection finder, Jim Thorpe is 26 degrees from me. On the Familysearch relationship finder, he is my mother's 7th cousin.
by Joyce Vander Bogart G2G6 Mach 5 (54.6k points)
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I am 18 degrees away from Lou Partlow, which is neat for me because the path is through my Shute ancestors, which normally don't factor in on these. We are also distant (though firmly) cousins.

Next up is Robert Marshall at 19 degrees through my Moore lines.
by Dina Grozev G2G6 Mach 6 (66.9k points)
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19 degrees from Jim Thorpe

19  degrees from Earl Lambeau;  his wife Grace Nicholls, Nicholls-3200,  18 degrees, 11th cousins, MRCA James Hosmer, Hosmer-54 and Henry Wheeler, Wheeler-1039

20 degrees from Robert Marshall

20 degrees from Bronko Nagurski

21 degrees from Lou Partlow, 17th cousins once removed, MRCA  Thomas (Mowbray) de Mowbray KG, Mowbray-12

21 degrees from Frederick Pollard, 19th cousins once removed, MRCA Richard (FitzAlan) de Arundel, FitzAlan-29

25 degrees from Wallace Yonamine

26 degrees from Joseph Guyon

29 degrees from Joseph  Magidsohn
by Mildred Gillett G2G6 Mach 1 (10.0k points)
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Closest is Lou Partlow with 24 degrees - furthest away is Wallace Yonamine.
by Frances Piercy-Reins G2G6 Mach 1 (18.5k points)
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17 degrees from Bronko Nagurski through his wife's Dutch / Norwegian / New Amsterdam roots.

by Jeff Standen G2G Crew (850 points)

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