Rob Brown @ The Express: The Ernie Davis Story
September 26, 2008
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Omar Benson Miller, Rob Brown, Justin Martin, Dennis Quaid and Darrin Dewitt Henson attend their premiere of director Gary Fleder’s The Express at the Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The Express is based on the life of college football superstar Ernie Davis, who, in 1961, became the first black man to win the Heisman trophy. He went first in the NFL draft, but didn’t play after being diagnosed with Leukemia.
The Express comes in theaters on Friday, October 10.
Synopsis: The true story of Ernie Davis, two-time All-American running back for Syracuse University who led his team to the national championship in 1960. In 1961, he became the first black man to win the Heisman Trophy. Later that year, he was the first pick in the NFL draft. But Davis never got the chance to play professional football, he was diagnosed with leukemia during the summer of 1962 and died nearly a year later.