Major Movie Chronicles Heisman Hero’s Short Life

A new football flick is hitting theaters this fall - a film based on the life story of college all-star Ernie Davis.

Ernie Davis painting

The Express” tells the story of the Syracuse running back & 1961 Heisman Trophy winner - becoming the first African-American to win the award - who sadly never saw his dreams of playing in the NFL come true after dying from leukemia in 1963.

Rob Brown stars as Davis, while Dennis Quaid plays Syracuse coach Ben Schwartzwalder. A trailer of the film can be seen here.

Based on what we saw in the preview clip, it looks to be yet another melodramatic re-telling of historic sports events & people, much in the same vein of “We Are Marshall” & “Glory Road“. But it is about time a film was made to recognize & honor the achievements of Davis, and the racial hostility he had to overcome.

“The Express” is scheduled to arrive in theaters on October 3. The location of the movie’s world premiere is under discussion, where it could be held either in Syracuse or Ernie’s hometown of Elmira, NY.

Coincidentally, the Syracuse football team doesn’t have a game scheduled the weekend of the film’s release. It might be a great idea for the Orange players & coaches to go together to attend the film - especially if they’re going through yet another rough season.