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  2. Ernie Davis - Wikipedia

    Davis was diagnosed with leukemia that same year, and died shortly after at age 23 without ever playing in a professional game. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1979 and was the subject of the 2008 film The Express: The Ernie Davis Story.

  3. Ernie Davis - Movie, Death & Facts - Biography

    Ernie Davis became the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy before his life was tragically cut short by leukemia at the age of 23. Skip to main content People

  4. Ernie Davis | American football player | Britannica

    Ernie Davis, byname of Ernest R. Davis, also called the Elmira Express, (born Dec. 14, 1939, New Salem, Pa., U.S.—died May 18, 1963, Cleveland, Ohio), American collegiate gridiron football player who was the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy. As a student at Elmira (N.Y.) Free Academy, Davis was a high-school All-American in football and basketball.

  5. Ernie Davis' legacy lives on long after his death -

    Ernie Davis' only real NFL footnote was that, as part of a trade between Washington and Cleveland in 1962, he became the first black player drafted first overall. In joining the Browns, the fleet...

  6. Ernie Davis - Heisman

    Ernie Davis. RB | Senior | Syracuse University. Davis won Syracuse’s first Heisman thanks to a fine all-around season in 1961. He is the first black player to win a Heisman Trophy. Born in New Salem, Penn., Davis moved to Elmira, New York, when he was 12 and soon revealed himself to be quite an athlete.

  7. Ernie Davis Biography - Facts, Childhood, Family Life ...

    Ernie Davis. (American Football Player Who Was the First African American to Win the Heisman Trophy) Ernest R. Davis, popularly known as Ernie was an American football player who was the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. Ernie’s father passed in an auto accident away before he was born and he spent his early childhood with his maternal grandparents.

  8. Ernie Davis, The First Black Heisman Trophy Winner, Made An ...

    Ernie Davis, the “Elmira Express” who was the first black player to win the Heisman Trophy in 1961, came from humble beginnings, but persevered into prominence and the history books. As we reflect on Davis during Black History Month, his life — cut too short at 23 — had an impact that much beyond the gridiron.

  9. The Triumph And Tragedy Of Ernie Davis, The First Black ...

    Ernie Davis died on May 18, 1963 at Cleveland Lakeside Hospital. He was 23 years old. But his legacy can be recalled anytime a black collegiate player takes home the Heisman.

  10. The Express: The Ernie Davis Story - Wikipedia

    The Express: The Ernie Davis Story is a 2008 American sports film produced by John Davis and directed by Gary Fleder. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Charles Leavitt from a 1983 book Ernie Davis: The Elmira Express, authored by Robert C. Gallagher. The film is based on the life of Syracuse University football player Ernie Davis, the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy, portrayed by actor Rob Brown.

  11. Ben Schwartzwalder - Wikipedia

    He coached high school football for six years in West Virginia — a year at Sistersville High School, followed by the Parkersburg High School Big Reds football from 1936 to 1940 [1] — and Ohio — a year at Canton McKinley High School [1] — and won two state championships. In 1941, he was coach of Canton McKinley High School in Ohio when, even though he was in his 30s, he commissioned in the US Army and fought in World War II .