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African American Month: Ernie Davis

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Ernie Davis was an African-American football player. He was an amazing football player and great team member when it came to his team. Ernie was born in Salem, Pennsylvania and spent growing up in Elmira, New York, at a very young age he spent his time playing football which was something he enjoyed and showed his passion for football. He had played for Elmira Free Academy, which where he had set many records and became a local legend in his town. In 1959 Ernie had received a scholarship to play football at Syracuse University. Since he joined he continued to excel and had became the star football player for Syracuse Orangeman. Ernie was known for his great powerful runs, speed, and flexibility. In 1961 Ernie had his breakout season, rushing over 1000 yards and wining Syracuse to a national championship, his performance had earned him the prestigious Heisman Trophy- making history as the first African American to receive an honor. With all of the success he had overcame on the field, Ernie had faced a lot of racial discrimination and adversity off the field. He would use his platform for adversity and to bring inspiration to others. In such a tragic was Ernies football career had to be cut short at the young age of 23, where he was diagnosed with leukemia. Ernie had later passed away, leaving his lasting legacy as a talented African American athlete. His determination, skills and courage would continue to inspire many generations later too many athletes and individuals till this present day. 

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Hello, my name is Erica! I am currently a Junior here at Page. I have a great passion for writing/ journalism. On my free time I love to take my time and write, write and write! even it’s just about my feelings. Writing makes me have a sense of peace and happiness within myself and any tension I may have with the world. I would love to go college and minor in Journalism as of now, but that may change down the line.

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