Ernie Davis

1939 - 1963

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Ernest Davis (December 14, 1939 – May 18, 1963) was an American football player, a halfback 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. 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 3,278,992 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). Ernie Davis is the 5th most popular american football player, the 6,026th most popular biography from United States (down from 5,259th in 2019) and the 5th most popular American American Football Player.

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Among american football players, Ernie Davis ranks 5 out of 55Before him are O. J. Simpson, Jim Brown, Joe Montana, and Tom Brady. After him are Dan Marino, Joe Namath, Michael Oher, Peyton Manning, Cam Newton, Lawrence Taylor, and Dick Butkus.

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Among people born in 1939, Ernie Davis ranks 327Before him are Sandro Lopopolo, Arkady Luxemburg, Luther Allison, Dion DiMucci, Dario Campeotto, and Egon Zimmermann. After him are Alessandra Panaro, Günter Bernard, Ivan Vutsov, Dieter Quester, Eri Klas, and Eduard Mudrik. Among people deceased in 1963, Ernie Davis ranks 135Before him are Dick Powell, Louis Bastien, Al St. John, Sonny Clark, József Turay, and Hugh O'Flaherty. After him are Artur Lemba, Abram Deborin, Cilly Aussem, Charles Winslow, Arthur Jonath, and Oskari Tokoi.

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Among people born in United States, Ernie Davis ranks 6,026 out of 15,968Before him are Elisabeth Moss (1982), Ben Hogan (1912), Candace Bushnell (1958), Vanessa Marcil (1968), Herschell Gordon Lewis (1926), and Chuck Mangione (1940). After him are Hubert Sumlin (1931), John Munro Longyear (1850), William P. Gottlieb (1917), Robert Parrish (1916), Edgar Winter (1946), and Gordon Tullock (1922).


Among american football players born in United States, Ernie Davis ranks 5Before him are O. J. Simpson (1947), Jim Brown (1936), Joe Montana (1956), and Tom Brady (1977). After him are Dan Marino (1961), Joe Namath (1943), Michael Oher (1986), Peyton Manning (1976), Cam Newton (1989), Lawrence Taylor (1959), and Dick Butkus (1942).