The Express – Grade A Entertainment

October 10, 2008 at 12:48 pm (Uncategorized)

I love a good story, especially if it is based upon a true story. Most things in life are like that. When we tell someone else of something we have accomplished in life, for the most part, it is based on a true story, with some items added for emphasis.

Ernie Davis was an African-American growing up in the 1950s, collecting glass bottles to make some money from the deposits. He finds inspiration from Hank Aaron when he begins playing for the Dodgers during a time when this was unheard of. His grandfather plays a large role in his life, and inspires him to be a good man and helps him with his stuttering problem. As the family sits around the dinner table, a young Ernie is asked to read from the Bible:

1 Corinthians 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

Beautiful and true words.

Ernie goes on to be one of his high school’s most valuable assets, and is scouted by Syracuse to play for the Orange later that year. He is helped by his predecessor Jim Brown and is inspired later by the work of Martin Luther King Jr.

Davis is an inspiration to the masses, and also challenges many people’s preconceived notions because of his skin color. The team goes on to some major successes and he eventually breaks the color barrier and wins the Heisman Trophy.

It is strange to think that 50 years ago there was so much hatred and vitriol for the color of a man’s skin. But it is also inspiring to see how many of the oppressed men and women rose above the hate and fear and showed the world their true colors. The color of their spirit, which was as red, white, and blue as the country’s founding fathers.

The film is moving, fun, and has many lessons about life to gain wisdom from.

Davis tells his football successor “I did not set out to be the best negro football player, just the best football player”


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