Former Oklahoma Sooners Quarterback Steve Davis Dies in Plane Crash

By Jamie Plunkett
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

It has been confirmed by the Tulsa World that former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Steve Davis, a Sallisaw, Oklahoma native, was on the airplane that crashed into three houses near South Bend, Indiana Regional Airport. Davis’ brother, Joe Davis, is the one who confirmed the report to the Tulsa World.

According to the report, Davis was helping a friend, Wes Caves, fly some people up to Indiana for some business before flying them back to Tulsa. Both Davis and Caves perished in the crash. Davis, an ordained Baptist minister, was a man grounded in his faith.

During his tenure at Oklahoma from 1973-75, Davis led the Sooners to a 32-1-1 record and two national championships, and was named the MVP of the 1976 Orange Bowl. He held the school record for most wins in a career until he was passed by Landry Jones this past season, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007.  According to the Tulsa World, Davis was a favorite of former OU coach Barry Switzer.

In an interview with the World, Switzer said, “Steve was one of those kids that no one wanted. He was one of the last guys that got recruited … and he ended up winning two national championships and being a three-year starter. He believed in himself when no one else did.”

After graduation, Davis spent 18 years as a college football broadcaster before entering into the private business sector in Tulsa, Ok. The plane, a Beechcraft Premier I twin-jet, was registered to 7700 Enterprises of Montana, based in Helena, Montana.

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