Ernie Davis

1939 - 1963

Ernie Davis

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. Selected by the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL) in December 1961, he was then almost immediately traded to the Cleveland Browns and issued number 45. Davis was diagnosed with leukemia in the summer of 1962, and died less than a year later 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 Universal Pictures film The Express: The Ernie Davis Story, based on the non-fiction book Ernie Davis: The Elmira Express, by Robert C. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ernie Davis has received more than 2,428,842 page views. His biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 5th most popular american football player.

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Among american football players, Ernie Davis ranks 5 out of 43Before him are O. J. Simpson, Tom Brady, Joe Montana, and Jim Brown. After him are Dan Marino, Michael Oher, Peyton Manning, Joe Namath, Dick Butkus, Lawrence Taylor, and Jerry Rice.

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Among people born in 1939, Ernie Davis ranks 281Before him are Seán Brady, Livio Berruti, Richard Posner, Melinda Dillon, Osvaldo Hurtado, and Billy Cox. After him are Bob James, Nancy Kwan, Michael J. Pollard, Wilhelmina Cooper, Joseph Bonnel, and Sid Haig. Among people deceased in 1963, Ernie Davis ranks 126Before him are Sabu Dastagir, Medgar Evers, Cilly Aussem, Sonny Clark, Louis Bastien, and Jorge Daponte. After him are Dionisio Mejía, Benjamin Jones, Nikolai Aseev, Franco Comotti, Kay Sage, and Rogers Hornsby.

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Among people born in United States, Ernie Davis ranks 5,264 out of 12,171Before him are John Forsyth (1780), Buster Douglas (1960), Oliver Campbell (1871), Robert Rubin (1938), Gregg Toland (1904), and Diahann Carroll (1935). After him are Jeanne Crain (1925), Lea Michele (1986), Christina Hendricks (1975), Henry Hobson Richardson (1838), Arsenio Hall (1956), and Dinah Shore (1916).


Among american football players born in United States, Ernie Davis ranks 5Before him are O. J. Simpson (1947), Tom Brady (1977), Joe Montana (1956), and Jim Brown (1936). After him are Dan Marino (1961), Michael Oher (1986), Peyton Manning (1976), Joe Namath (1943), Dick Butkus (1942), Lawrence Taylor (1959), and Jerry Rice (1962).

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