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…
Ernie Davis with the Heisman Trophy in 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.
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. keepinitrealsports.tumblr.com keepinitrealsports.wordpress.com
Ernie Davis first came to national prominence as a star football player at Syracuse University. He led his team to the NCAA championship in 1961, and became the first African-American to be awarded the Heisman trophy, before playing professional football. In 1962, Davis was the first pick in the NFL draft, and he was the first African-American football player to be chosen first.
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