Too few people know the story of Ernie Davis!
Happy birthday to the first African American to ever win the Heisman trophy, Ernie Davis of Syracuse University.
He never knew his father, and grew up in poverty.
He was known for not only his athletic talent, but his sportsmanship and grace.
He was the victim of many brutal racial taunts and bigotry as a college player. He won the Heisman trophy in 1961. After the Cotton Bowl that year he was named the M.V.P. of the game. However, he was told that he would be allowed to accept his award at the post game banquet, but immediately he would be expected to vacate the area. The banquet hall was segregated.
When they found out, the entire Syracuse team boycotted the post game festivities.
After Davis was the number one pick of the draft that year, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns. He however, never got to play for…
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