Ernie Davis, The Express
He passed away just 16 months after being selected number one, circa 1963
Ernie Davis was an exceptionally, awesome, and gifted running back. At the Syracuse University, he was known as, “The Express”. And, thanks to the movie we know his story.
Davis was the first black athlete to be awarded the Heisman Trophy. The most prestigious individual prize in collegiate football. He lived in an impossible world of systemic racism…