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    Davis was diagnosed with leukemia that same year, and died shortly after at age 23 without ever playing in a professional game. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1979 and was the subject of the 2008 film The Express: The Ernie Davis Story.

  2. Jul 14, 2015 · Ernie Davis became the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy before his life was tragically cut short by leukemia at the age of 23.

  3. Dec 10, 2022 · Ernie Davis, byname of Ernest R. Davis, also called the Elmira Express, (born Dec. 14, 1939, New Salem, Pa., U.S.—died May 18, 1963, Cleveland, Ohio), American collegiate gridiron football player who was the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy. As a student at Elmira (N.Y.) Free Academy, Davis was a high-school All-American in football and basketball.

  4. Oct 8, 2008 · Ernie Davis' only real NFL footnote was that, as part of a trade between Washington and Cleveland in 1962, he became the first black player drafted first overall. In joining the Browns, the fleet...

  5. › heisman-winners › ernie-davisErnie Davis - Heisman

    Ernie Davis. RB | Senior | Syracuse University. Davis won Syracuse’s first Heisman thanks to a fine all-around season in 1961. He is the first black player to win a Heisman Trophy. Born in New Salem, Penn., Davis moved to Elmira, New York, when he was 12 and soon revealed himself to be quite an athlete.

  6. Dec 8, 2017 · Ernie Davis died on May 18, 1963 at Cleveland Lakeside Hospital. He was 23 years old. But his legacy can be recalled anytime a black collegiate player takes home the Heisman.

  7. Ernie Davis was the first pick in the National Football League (NFL) and was selected by Washington Redskins followed by Cleveland Browns. He had signed a three-year contract with the Cleveland Browns in December, 1961 which amounted to $200,000. He was preparing for East-West Shrine Game during that time.

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