This biopic focuses on the relationship of Ernie Davis (1939-1963), a gifted African-American athlete, and his coach from 1958 to 1962 at Syracuse University, Ben Schwartzwalder (1909-1993). Schwartzwalder recruits Davis with the help of All-American running back, Jim Brown. The civil rights movement is gaining steam; Davis experiences prejudice on campus, in town, and on the field, sometimes from teammates. How he handles it and how he challenges Schwartzwalder to stand up for his players provide a counterpoint to several great seasons that lead first to a national championship and then to the Heismann Trophy. Written by
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In the big bonus check Art Modell presents to Ernie Davis, as well as the letter Davis mails to the editor at the Saturday Evening Post, the addresses contain ZIP codes. ZIP codes were not introduced to the public until 1963, a few weeks after Davis died. Prior to July 1963, the Post Office used zone numbers (for example, Cleveland 14, O.). See more »
Ernie Davis is probably the best football player to never play football professionally and may have had even better of a career then Jim Brown who was his predecessor at Syracuse and would've been his teammate on the Browns.
Ernie was one of the few blacks on the campus of Syracuse but always kept a positive attitude and treated everyone well around him.
The football scenes are extremely well done and they look like it's an actual football game going on. Dennis Quaid gives a great performance as the head coach of the Orangemen.
The period scenes were done very well and you felt like you were actually back in the late '50s/early '60s.
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