Ernie Davis Legends Field dedicated

Updated: October 10, 2009, 4:17 PM ET
Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Carrier Dome field was named Ernie Davis Legends Field in a halftime ceremony Saturday featuring former Syracuse great Jim Brown and Martin Luther King III.

The tribute to the 1961 Heisman Trophy winner comes a year after the release of a movie about his life called "The Express."

Davis was the first black player to win college football's highest honor. He died of leukemia before playing a game in the NFL.

"Ernie Davis represented three things to me. He was a great athlete, a proponent of education and he was a great human being," Brown said. "Thank God this will be a tribute to him for the rest of our lives."


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