Steve Davis
Oklahoma SoonersNo. 5
Date of birth: (1952-11-19)November 19, 1952
Place of birth: Bossier City, Louisiana
Career history
* Oklahoma (1973–1975)
Career highlights and awards

Steve Davis (November 19, 1952 – March 17, 2013) was a quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners from 1973 to 1975. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1976 Orange Bowl, when the Sooners won their fifth national championship. Davis led the Sooners to a 32–1–1 record as their starting quarterback, and holds the NCAA record for winning percentage in that position. With Davis at the helm, the Sooners won the national championship in 1974 and 1975.[1][2][3] Davis was also a commentator for ABC Sports and CBS Sports college football telecasts in the 1970s and 1980s.

Davis was born on Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana, but was raised in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. Later in life a born again Christian, he featured as a speaker giving his Christian testimony. Davis died on March 17, 2013, when the small jet he was a passenger in crashed in South Bend, Indiana.[4] The NTSB report later found that Davis, an experienced pilot but not in the Beechcraft Premier I being used that day, was allowed to fly the plane by the pilot; as the plane neared its destination, Davis inadvertently cut power to the engines, and the pilot was unable to complete an emergency landing successfully.[5][6]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Oklahoma Earns National Title". The Telegraph. UPI (Nashua, New Hampshire): p. 12. January 3, 1976. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  2. "Sooners explode to claim victory". Rome News-Tribune. UPI (Rome, Georgia): p. 2D. December 1, 1974. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  3. Tramel, Berry (June 11, 2009). "Davis humbled by devotion of OU fans". The Daily Oklahoman. Retrieved May 6, 2010. "Davis, 32-1-1 as a starter and the quarterback on the Sooners’ 1974 and 1975 national title teams..."
  4. Bland, Amanda (March 19, 2013). "Family ID's OU's Steve Davis as plane crash victim". Tulsa World. Archived from the original. Error: If you specify |archiveurl=, you must also specify |archivedate=.
  5. "Tulsa Pilot Blamed For Crash That Killed Him, Former OU QB Steve Davis". April 18, 2016. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  6. "National Transportation Safety Board Aviation Accident Final Report, Accident Number CEN13FA196". April 14, 2016. Retrieved April 10, 2019.

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