Horseheads' Bradock Salisbury wins 2023 Ernie Davis Award
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) - Horseheads' Bradock Salisbury was named the winner of the 61st Ernie Davis Award at the Kiwanis luncheon at the Elmira Clarion Inn on Thursday in what would have been Ernie Davis's 84th birthday.
Last weekend, three nominees were revealed for the award which included Salisbury, Edison's Brycen Guinnip, and Elmira's Evan Garvin. The nominees exemplify the characteristics of Ernie Davis on the football field, but also off the field. Salisbury won with just one vote separating him from the second finisher.
Salisbury played running back and free safety for the Blue Raiders where in 9 games, he rushed for 787 yards on 77 carries and scored 10 rushing touchdowns. Salisbury was also a threat in the passing game, catching 18 passes for 253 yards and 3 touchdowns.
He was limited on defense due to a foot injury, but he was still 5th on the team with 32 tackles and he recovered a fumble for a 65-yard touchdown.
Bradock excels in the classroom with a 93 overall average, and he has volunteered for several community activities such as youth athletics, the Horseheads Food Bank, the Artic League, and the Horseheads Animal Shelter.
"Honestly, I just feel fulfilled," Salisbury said. "Just knowing people see me as having characteristics as Ernie Davis means a lot. It just shows that I just have to keep pushing, keep the same aspect of what I've been seeing, and the same perspective."
"I think you just can't put yourself first, especially in a game like football. It's a team sport and you've got to put your teammates in the best suit to win and I think that's a big aspect of just not being selfish and thinking about your teammates first" he added.
Salisbury helped lead Horseheads to a 7-4 season where the Blue Raiders advanced to the Section IV Class A title game before falling to Vestal.