Coming October The Express

Updated: July 9, 2008


The trailer begins then

the voice announces

IF even Jim Brown could

NOT win the Heisman

as a BLACK man how

could anyone …..

You’ll find the link to the Trailer for the upcoming movie “The Express” at the end of today’s Box. Of course the answer to the rhetorical question about a BLACK Heisman winner would be answered by a student athlete who arrived at Jim Brown’s Syracuse University just after Brown graduated and went off to Glory with the Cleveland Browns.

Yet as historic as Jim Brown’s own Story is and with the kinds of records he never had the opportunity to amass, Ernie Davis’ story is the most emotional and inspirational of ALL African American football players The Late Great Ernie Davis.

God knows there are endless Sports movies produced and you may think you know The Ernie Davis Story. But this new film from a major studio Universal with a strong script, an outstanding director and talented actors may break through the clutter.

For sure Syracuse University is taking the film VERY seriously. In fact the movie is being premiered there on Friday September 12, 2008, prior to the early October release date, and it looks like those expensive fund raising tickets will be very hard to come by. So hard that bleachers will be set outside the theatre to accommodate thousands who will not be inside.

As you would hope “The Express” reflects both the Man and the Times in which Ernie Davis lived and played Football in the early 1960s and sadly died before he could have had his own record breaking NFL career maybe even eclipsing Jim Brown. Also in Cleveland.

Brown as we know went on to become more than just a Great Football Player. Unlike so many other Black athletes who did and still do SHUT up and take the money. Brown has been a vocal critic of continuing inequality in Sports and beyond.

As the new film will make crystal clear Ernie Davis was made of the same stuff and he would have emerged like Jackie Robinson even more than the likes of Jim Brown to confront the skewed power structure in America that bedevils African Americans.

It may be too much to hope that this new cinematic treatment of Ernie Davis’ short life will ever become one of the most popular movies of the year but it could prove one of the best. Even more it might take its place among the ranks of important and continuingly relevant movies about Sports and those who play them.

Most of all it may inspire others in particular young African Americans to aspire to be as GREAT as Ernie Davis the FIRST African American Heisman winner. And even more to take that Spirit into many other Sports beyond Football.

Now here is the ‘official’ synopsis

of the movie for your enjoyment

” Based on a true story, The Express follows the extraordinary life of college football hero Ernie Davis (Rob Brown), the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy. His fight for equality and respect forever changed the face of American sports, and his story continued to inspire new generations.”

” Raised in poverty in Pennsylvania coal-mining country, Davis hurdled social and economic obstacles to become one of the greatest running backs in college football history. Under the guidance of legendary Syracuse coach Ben Schwartzwalder (Dennis Quaid), he become a hero who superseded Jim Brown’s achievements and records that stand to this day.”

” Decorated veteran Schwartzwalder was a Southerner with a single vision of a national championship and hardened ideas about how the world worked. But though he and Davis had their differences, Schwartzwalder taught his star player everything he knew about football, just as Davis helped him learn the true meaning of victory.”

” As the growing civil rights movement divided the country in the ’60’s, Davis became a symbol for achievement that transcended race. Refusing to flinch from others’ prejudices, he achieved all his goals – until he faced a challenge that would make most men crumble. He joined the ranks of black pioneers by teaching a generation tolerance, inspiring a movement that smashed barriers on and off the field.”

For another view of Davis and his life

here once again we give you

the one and only Wikipedia

and now finally most of all

The Website and Trailer

remember you heard it FIRST

right here in the Black Box

as you so often do