The Express: The Ernie Davis Story

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Ballantine Books, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 176 pages
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“He could do it all, beat every opponent . . . except one.”
–plaque honoring Ernie Davis, in the lobby of Elmira Free Academy

Ernie Davis was an All-American on the gridiron, and a man of integrity off the field. A multi-sport high school star in Elmira, New York, Davis went on to Syracuse University, where as a sophomore he led his team to an undefeated season and a national championship in 1959, and earned his nickname, the Elmira Express. Two seasons later, Davis had broken the legendary Jim Brown’s rushing records, and became the first black athlete to be awarded the Heisman Trophy.

The number one pick in the 1962 NFL draft, Davis signed a contract with the Cleveland Browns and appeared to be headed for professional stardom. But Davis never ended up playing in the NFL: He was diagnosed with leukemia during the summer before his rookie season and succumbed to the disease less than a year later. In battling his illness, Davis showed great dignity and courage, inspired the nation, and moved President John F. Kennedy to eulogize him as “ an outstanding man of great character.”

An enduring story of a true scholar-athlete, The Express is a touching, impeccably researched, deeply personal portrait of Ernie Davis, and a vivid look at sport in America at the dawn of the Civil Rights era.

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Review: The Express: The Ernie Davis Story

User Review  - Kagan Austin - Goodreads

It was a good book to learn about the life of Ernie Davis, but at times hard to follow. Definitely worth reading even if you have to re-read tough parts to understand. Read full review

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User Review  - Mack Evans - Goodreads

Thje epress was good i liked that he was such a good player and ran fast. I just didnt like that he died after a few years thats kinda stupid. Read full review

About the author (2008)

Robert C. Gallagher is an alumnus of Syracuse University and a free-lance sportswriter. His articles have appeared in Baseball Digest, The Washington Post, the Redskins Report and other publications. He works for the Fairfax County Public Library in Virginia.

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