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
While taking his Cleveland Brown's physical, the doctor feels Ernie Davis' neck and asks him if has not been feeling well. Swollen lymph glands on the neck are a symptom of Leukemia. See more »
During the Syracuse V. West Virginia game the Flying WV logo is pictured on one of the props in the back of the end zones was not actually created until Don Nehlan's term as Head Coach at WVU. Don Nehlan created the icon in the early 70s after a few years into his tenure. West Virginia's symbol in those days were the letters WVU diagonally through the state on a gold ribbon. See more »
Texas Longhorn player:
I'm gonna kick your black ass back to Africa boy!
Oh yeah? Too bad I'm from Philly.
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This was a very well acted movie. Dennis Quaid did a great job of playing the coach and Rob Brown was the perfect choice for Ernie Davis. The ratings this movie has received so far are not in line with the quality of this film. This movie in no way presented a political point of view. The only thing political was what happened in real life. This was the recognition given to Ernie by the president of the time. (which was JFK) Other than this movie was more inspirational. It showed the character of Ernie Davis and the faith he had in his own abilities, his coach, family and his God. Ernie Davis has reshaped College sports. Due to his ability to cope with hatred and racism in a positive way. The game of college sports has vastly become more professional. The talent of teams today is far greater than the past. Ernie opened the door foe all races in sports; thus increasing the abilities of the teams. I highly recommend this film.
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