Ernie Davis

1939 - 1963

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Ernest Davis (December 14, 1939 – May 18, 1963) was an American football player who won the Heisman Trophy in 1961 and was its first African-American recipient. Davis played college football for Syracuse University and was the first pick in the 1962 NFL Draft, where he was selected by the Washington Redskins, but was almost immediately traded to the Cleveland Browns. Davis was diagnosed with leukemia that same year, and died shortly after at age 23 without ever playing in a professional game. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ernie Davis has received more than 3,646,135 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia. Ernie Davis is the 6th most popular american football player (down from 5th in 2019), the 5,710th most popular biography from United States (up from 6,022nd in 2019) and the 6th most popular American Football Player.

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Among american football players, Ernie Davis ranks 6 out of 55Before him are O. J. Simpson, Jim Brown, Tom Brady, John Madden, and Joe Montana. After him are Dan Marino, Colin Kaepernick, Peyton Manning, Joe Namath, Cam Newton, and Jerry Rice.

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Among people born in 1939, Ernie Davis ranks 315Before him are Luigi Simoni, Franjo Gregurić, Robert Herbin, Wilhelmina Cooper, Joe Clark, and Charles Geschke. After him are Maeve Binchy, Merab Kostava, Litokwa Tomeing, John Hopcroft, Abdelmajid Chetali, and Theo Waigel. Among people deceased in 1963, Ernie Davis ranks 126Before him are Aleksandr Gerasimov, Louis Bastien, Edwin Linkomies, Benjamin Jones, Robert Kerr, and Amelita Galli-Curci. After him are Thoralf Skolem, Ahmed Lutfi el-Sayed, Boris Kostić, Learco Guerra, Erik Lundqvist, and J. D. Tippit.

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Among people born in United States, Ernie Davis ranks 5,710 out of 18,182Before him are John Finn (1952), William Beaumont (1785), Charles Geschke (1939), John Piper (1946), Bill Monroe (1911), and Henry J. Kaiser (1882). After him are Freddie Prinze Jr. (1976), Mary Wickes (1910), Hart Crane (1899), Jessica Harper (1949), Mykelti Williamson (1960), and Irwin Allen (1916).


Among american football players born in United States, Ernie Davis ranks 6Before him are O. J. Simpson (1947), Jim Brown (1936), Tom Brady (1977), John Madden (1936), and Joe Montana (1956). After him are Dan Marino (1961), Colin Kaepernick (1987), Peyton Manning (1976), Joe Namath (1943), Cam Newton (1989), and Jerry Rice (1962).