True heroes are rare - this biography tells the story of one
Ernie Davis - A true hero
This is an easy and compelling read - great for book clubs that meet weekly.
The newly released grassroots biography "A Halo for a Helmet: The Whole Story of Ernie Davis" tells the true and inspirational story of the first African-American to win the Heisman trophy. The recent Hollywood film, “The Express” emphasizes his athletic achievement (and includes typical embellishments), this book, instead, focuses on the true life story of a man who overcame prejudice in the 50s through patience and compassion.
After winning the Heisman Trophy Ernie was recruited to the Cleveland Browns at the highest package ever given in the NFL, and expected to be a running back playing in the backfield with another great African American athlete, Jim Brown. He died of acute leukemia before he could ever play a game in the NFL. In spite of his youth and his incomplete athletic history, Ernie has remained an inspiration in the hearts of everyone who met him, knew him or had seen him play. It was not for Ernie's fabulous athletic performances or his exceptional abilities that he is remembered and venerated, but for his loving nature, humility, humor, fairness, honesty and goodness that he took a place in the hearts of everyone in his generation. How did Ernie become such a man, and touch the hearts of all in so few years,making them rethink their prejudices once and for all? Too many sports heroes have disappointed us. Here is one who puts joy into our hearts and brings tears to our eyes for his early demise. Ernie loved sports, but his story is more about his ability to turn his world around with his loving human touch.
For more information: www.erniedavis.info