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Ernie Davis

1939-1963

 

—1961 Heisman Trophy Winner —

 
Ernie Davis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
1. Ernie Davis Marker
Inscription.
1961 Heisman Trophy Winner
A football player…a student
a friend…a hero
He lived with integrity
and died with courage.
This statue given by his admirer
as an inspiration to the youth of tomorrow.
In memory of a life
full of determination and honor.

 
Erected 1988.
 
Location. 42° 5.824′ N, 76° 48.25′ W. Marker is in Elmira, New York, in Chemung County. Marker is at the intersection of Lake Street and William Street, on the left when traveling south on Lake Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 610 Lake Street, Elmira NY 14901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A.M.E. Zion Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ross Gilmore Marvin (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1776-1796 (approx. half a mile away); 107th New York Volunteers (approx. half a mile away); Mark Twain Study (approx. half a mile away); A Brief History of the Elmira Popcorn Truck (approx. half a mile away); AFL-CIO Veterans Monument (approx. half a mile away); Chemung County World War II Monument (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elmira.
 
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Ernie Davis Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
2. Ernie Davis Monument

1. Ernie Davis. Ernest "Ernie" Davis (December 14, 1939 – May 18, 1963) was an American football halfback and the first African-American athlete to win the Heisman Trophy. Davis played college football for Syracuse University before being drafted by the Washington Redskins of the National Football League, then almost immediately traded to the Cleveland Browns in December 1961. However, he never played a professional game, as he was diagnosed with leukemia in 1962 and died at the age of 23 years. (Submitted on November 4, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Heisman Trophy. The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award (usually known colloquially as the Heisman Trophy or The Heisman), is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in college football in the United States whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work. It is presented by the Heisman Trophy Trust in early December before the postseason bowl games. (Submitted on November 4, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
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Ernie Davis Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
3. Ernie Davis Monument
Ernie Davis Monument<br>Ernie Davis Middle School image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
4. Ernie Davis Monument
Ernie Davis Middle School
Ernie Davis Monument<br>Ernie Davis Middle School image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
5. Ernie Davis Monument
Ernie Davis Middle School
Ernie Davis Monument<br>Ernie Davis Middle School image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
6. Ernie Davis Monument
Ernie Davis Middle School
Ernest "Ernie" Davis (1939-1963) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 20, 2015
7. Ernest "Ernie" Davis (1939-1963)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 4, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 211 times since then and 36 times this year. Last updated on November 4, 2015, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 4, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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