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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.

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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

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Ernie Davis became the 1st African-American to win college football’s most prestigious award, the Heisman Trophy. Ernest “Ernie” Davis was a football running back and the 1st African-American athlete to win the Heisman Trophy. Wearing number 44, Davis competed collegiately for Syracuse University be...Ernie Davis became the 1st African-American to win college football’s most prestigious award, the Heisman Trophy. Ernest “Ernie” Davis was a football running back and the 1st African-American…

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Ernie Davis, the first African-American athlete to win the Heisman Trophy. Davis died of Leukemia in May of 1963 at the age of 23.

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Two years after leading Syracuse to its first and only national championship as a sophomore, Ernie Davis became the first African-American player to win the Heisman Trophy.

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