The 2008 film starring Rob Brown and Dennis Quaid is based on the life of Syracuse football player Ernie Davis, the first African American player to ever win the Heisman Trophy. Davis was the first overall pick in the NFL draft, but died of leukemia before he took the field to play. In the film, Davis is introduced during a preseason game against the Chicago Bears, but in reality it was against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Another Ernie Davis related mistake: the year the movie premiered Syracuse Unieersity unveiled a statue of the legend, but he was wearing Nikes. Problem was, Nike wasn’t even around yet. The school had to remove the statue and have it changed, and eventually it was put back in place.
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