Ernie Davis

Beau Sobotka

I chose to do a wax museum report on Ernie davis because I saw a movie about Ernie Davis and thought he was a good football player. I know you will think he is awesome too.

Ernie Davis

Football player for Syracuse University. He wore the number 44. When Ernie died in 1963, Syracuse retired the number 44. Now noone can be the number 44, because it's retired.

Have you ever wondered what Ernie Davis was like when he was a kid?

Ernie Davis was born December 14, 1939 in New Salem, PA. He lived with his grandparents in Uniontown, Pennsylvania until he was 12. Then he lived with his mother and stepfather in Elmira, NY and began playing baseball, basketball and football and was an All-American. His first love was football.

Ernie's College Life

Ernie attended Syracuse University and played for the Orangemen. Jim Brown, who was a friend of Ernie's talked Ernie into attending the University because he attended Syracuse too. Jim thought Ernie would like to play football for Syracuse.
1960 Cotton Bowl-Ernie Davis

The CottonBowl

A video of Ernie davis playing in the Cotton Bowl from 1960!

Heisman Trophy

Ernie David won the Heisman trophy in 1961. He was the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. He was an amazing player and broke many records playing football for Syracuse.


On My 18, 1963, Ernie Davis died in Cleveland, Ohio of Leukemia. He was only 23 years old. That is too young to die. A middle school was named after him and a dorm at Syracuse is named after him too. A movie called the Express is all about Ernie's life. He will always be remembered as "The Elmira Express".

The movie about Ernie Davis

A movie called The Express is all about Ernie's life. He will always be remembered as The Elmira Express.