December 19, 2014
A statue of former Syracuse University running back Ernie Davis is back on campus, five months after it was removed to correct historical inaccuracies.
The permanent memorial to the first black Heisman Trophy
recipient was reinstalled Tuesday morning.
The life-size statue depicts Davis standing in his Syracuse
uniform holding a helmet under his left arm and a football in his
right hand. It was created by sculptor Bruno Luchessi.
The original, unveiled in September, mistakenly showed Davis in
Nike cleats and carrying a modern football and helmet.
Davis died of leukemia in 1963. Known as "The Elmira Express,"
he led Syracuse to its only national championship in 1959 and won
the Heisman in 1961, nearly a decade before Nike was formed.