Black Ancestors : Erine Davis.....The Express

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    Ernest Davis (December 14, 1939 – May 18, 1963) was an American football running back and the first African-American athlete to win the Heisman Trophy. Wearing number 44, Davis competed collegiately for Syracuse University before being drafted by the Washington Redskins, then almost immediately traded to the Cleveland Browns in December 1961. However, he would never play a professional game after developing leukemia in 1962. He is the subject of the 2008 Universal Pictures movie biography, The Express, based on the non-fiction book Ernie Davis: The Elmira Express

    #44 was the great Jim Browns number !


    Ernest (Ernie) Davis

    Awards 1961 Heisman Trophy
    1961 Liberty Bowl MVP
    1960 Cotton Bowl MVP
    Honors College Football HOF
    Retired #s Cleveland Browns #45
    Syracuse Orange #44 (along with Jim Brown & Floyd Little)

    Davis played football for Syracuse University, and went on to gain national fame for three seasons (1959-1961), twice winning first-team All-American honors. As a sophomore in 1959, Davis led Syracuse to the NCAA Division I-A national football championship, capping an undefeated season with a 23-14 win over The University of Texas in the Cotton Bowl. That same year, Elmira Star-Gazette sports writer Al Mallette coined the nickname for Davis, the "Elmira Express". Davis was voted Most Valuable Player of the 1960 Cotton Bowl and the 1961 Liberty Bowl. In his junior year, he set a record of 7.8 yards per carry and was the third leading rusher in the country with 877 yards, having rushed 100 yards in 6 of 9 games.

    Davis found racism prevalent in the American South during his Cotton Bowl visits. Author Jocelyn Selim writes that at the banquet following the 1959 game, Davis was told he could only accept his award and then would be required to leave the segregated facility. Davis refused and his teammates, nearly all of them white, boycotted the banquet.

    His far too soon death was a sad tale of one of the greatest players that step
    foot on a field .

    Davis became the first black athlete to be awarded the Heisman Trophy, following his 1961 senior-year season at Syracuse University. President John F. Kennedy had followed Davis' career and requested to meet him while he was in New York to receive the trophy.[5] Later in 1963, when Elmira chose February 3 to celebrate Davis' achievements, Kennedy sent a telegram, reading:

    President Kennedy
    “ Seldom has an athlete been more deserving of such a tribute. Your high standards of performance on the field and off the field, reflect the finest qualities of competition, sportsmanship and citizenship. The nation has bestowed upon you its highest awards for your athletic achievements. It's a privilege for me to address you tonight as an outstanding American, and as a worthy example of our youth. I salute you.


    During his time at Syracuse, Davis wore the same number, 44, as legendary Orangeman Jim Brown,

    you can read the full story and life & death of the Great Erine Davis (Express)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernie_Davis
     
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    I've had the pleasure to see this movie and how he was treated when he went to Dallas
    to play the Texas Longhorns who beat and kick him on every play hit with cheap shots
    and he was the first black to cross the goal line which his coach sat him out infact he didn't
    return to the field after the first half until late in the game and he help cap off a perfect
    season going undefeated he return a pick off for a near score and another knock down
    on the last play to seal the VICTORY Ernie was legendary in his own time !!

    it would have been something to see Ernie and Jim together in the backfield in Cleveland

    One of the fastest running backs he was indeed the EXPRESS
     
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    ...Davis founddiscriminationprevalent in theAmerican Southduring hisCotton Bowl Classicvisit. Author Jocelyn Selim writes that at the banquet following the 1960 game, Davis was told he could only accept his award and then would be required to leave the segregated facility. Davis refused and his teammates, nearly all of them white, boycotted the banquet.[1]

    A different account of the banquet is given by John Brown. He was Davis' teammate at Syracuse and on the Cleveland Browns, his roommate and a close friend. According to an article in theHouston Chronicle, all the players from the game attended the banquet. Brown recalls that the teams sat on opposite sides of the room. After everyone ate and the trophies were handed out, the three black Syracuse players, including Brown and Davis were asked to leave and were taken to another party in Dallas by local NAACP representatives. One Syracuse player, Ger Schwedes, recommended that the whole Syracuse team leave the banquet to show solidarity with their black teammates, but the suggestion was overruled by Syracuse officials.

    When the Chronicle asked Brown "whether the film is a truthful portrayal of his friend, Brown said... in short, no."[2]

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    wre all know how the media is and the twist to every story they do......

    one thing true he was the fastest back and one of the best players to ever step
    foot on a field of play , he was the great american EXPRESS

    thank you sis i still remember Ernie #44

    #14 / 20 / 23 / 34 / 44 / all of black greats in the sports world
    Ernie Banks , Berry Sanders , Micheal Jordan, Walter Payton , Ernie Davis , Jim Brown
     
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