The Express

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“The Express” is the story of Ernie Davis who was the first African-American to win the coveted Heisman Trophy, the highest accolade in American Football. Davis was a naturally talented football player, who developed from a quiet young man to become an icon for the civil rights movement that divided America in the early 1960s. Raised in poverty in Pennsylvania coal-mining country, his talent was recognized by Coach Ben Schwartzwalder who would help him turn from a high school athlete to a sporting legend. Ernie Davis was the first African-American to win the coveted Heisman Trophy, the highest accolade in American Football. Davis was a naturally talented football player, who developed from a quiet young man to become an icon for the civil rights movement that divided America in the early 1960s. Raised in poverty in Pennsylvania coal-mining country, his talent was recognized by Coach Ben Schwartzwalder who would help him turn from an high school athlete to a sporting legend.

“The Express “is an honorable example of a tried-and-true lesson. This movie focuses on the relationship of Ernie Davis, a gifted African-American athlete, who arrives at Syracuse, where he falls under the support of Ben Schwartzwalder. Schwartzwalder was the head coach of the Syracuse football team who brought Ernie to the football team and he worked him and also encouraged him to become a better player at that time. 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. In other words, this movie is more a biography of Davis. Ernie, who overcomes a childhood stutter, is raised by his mother and especially his grandfather,...
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