I attended the Penn State/Syracuse University football game last Saturday. Got up to the SU Quad early to watch the unveiling of the statue to honor the memory of the great Ernie Davis, the first African-American college player to win the Heisman Trophy as college football’s best player in 1961. Syracuse University’s Chancellor, Nancy Cantor, announced a new student dorm will be called Ernie Davis Hall and have a state-of-the-art recreation center for all students to enjoy.
Another honor to Ernie Davis will be released by Universal Studios in the United States on October 10, 2008, in a movie depicting Ernie Davis’ life called The Express. Other past famous SU players who wore the Number 44 jersey, Jim Brown and Floyd Little, were in Syracuse where the movie premiered last Friday night along with actors, Rob Brown (who played the adult Ernie Davis) and Dennis Quaid (who played SU coach Ben Schwartzwalder). Below are some more images I photographed during the cermony.