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Number 44 Ernie Davis, the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy.


Davis, Ernie (1940-1963) Ernie Davis with the Heisman Trophy, 1961 Ernie Davis is best known for being one of the greatest football players in college football history and the first black person to win the Heisman trophy. In the process, Davis became an icon for an integrated America and for African Americans achieving the American Dream in a manner similar to Jackie Robinson desegregating Major League Baseball in 1947.

Ernie Davis was awarded the Heisman Trophy (November 28, 1961) Becoming the1st African American winner. As documented in the movie THE EXPRESS, Mr Davis was #1 draft pick w/Cleveland Browns (after a trade with the Washington Redskins because he refused to play for a known Racist Owner). He & Jim Brown were to form the most dominant backfield in NFL History. It never happend because of his diagnosis with leukemia (during 1962 College All-Star Game). Davis never played an NFL game & passed…


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Ernie Davis - Football Phenom From Syracuse

Ernie Davis followed in Jim Brown's footsteps at Syracuse and did him proud.


Ernie Davis, first black Heisman Trophy winner


Deaths Today In Sports History: 1963 - Ernest "Ernie" Davis was an American football running back and the first African-American athlete to win the Heisman Trophy. Davis was diagnosed with acute monocytic leukemia and began receiving medical treatment. The disease was incurable and he died in Cleveland Lakeside Hospital.


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Syracuse Orangemen 1959-63 'Ernie Davis' Authentic Vintage Full Size Helmet