Suddenly, Ernie Davis is famous again. Remember him? Not many people do, because he's, well, dead and stuff. However, he was famous for being the first black man to win the Heisman Trophy. I hate having to say "first black man to..." because it draws lines, but it did happen in 1959 so I won't argue that it was significant.
Ernie died just 4 years later of leukemia before he played a down for the Browns, and has recently been memorialized twice! A film about Ernie called The Express is coming out in October, and a statue was unveiled at Syracuse University last week. Great news about the film - I'm sure it will be very inspirational for many people of all races. Now the statue - that's another story.
Don't get me wrong - it's great that one was created in his honor. But have you seen it? Let's take a look at 2 pictures:
Yep - I'm starting at the foot. Look closely - that's a Nike cleat! Nike did not exist until 1972!
The cleat seems to be the big issue among bloggers, Sports Illustrated, ESPN... They are missing one other thing - picture #2:
Are you looking at the helmet? Does it look like it's from the late 50's to you? Ernie Davis wore a simple, 2-bar mask. That facemask didn't come out until at least the 80's, maybe later!
How much did this artist get paid to create this statue? What's next - Hitler wearing Emo skinny jeans?