Ernie Davis also holds the honor of being the first athlete of the African American race to be selected in the NFL Draft.
In the capacity of being an African American athlete popular for his exceptional performance in many sports in the south, Ernie Davis was racially discriminated against at several occasions. One such event was when Ernie Davis was chosen as the most valuable player (MVP) of the Cotton Bowl in the year 1960 (“Ernie Davis biography”). The organizers told him to collect his award at the banquet arranged after the game, and leave the facility immediately thereafter. Upon his refusal to accept this proposal, the entire team boycotted the post-game banquet.
Ernie Davis died from cancer when he was only 23 years old. His fans continue to wonder what more Ernie Davis might have achieved had he been able to continue playing for the Cleveland Browns. Ernie Davis was young and ambitious, and no hurdle could stop him from earning the fame he has