Sooners mourn loss of legendary OU QB Steve Davis
The Sooner nation has been shaken by tragedy after one of its legendary quarterbacks was killed in a plane crash Sunday.
Steve Davis, 60, was on board the aircraft that went down in a South Bend, Indiana, neighborhood around 4:30 p.m.
Davis led the Sooners to back-to-back national championships in the 1970s.
The small jet he was riding on left Tulsa Sunday afternoon.
It was coming into the South Bend airport and had been cleared to land when something went wrong.
Four people were on the plane; Davis and 58-year-old Wesley Caves were killed.
Two others on the plane were injured and one person on the ground also suffered injuries.
“Just a good guy,” WWLS Sports Animal Radio host Al Eschbach said. “Just really a nice guy.”
Davis went 32-1-1 in his career, winning the 1974 and 1975 national championships.
Eschbach calls him one of the greatest wishbone quarterbacks in Sooner history.
“They had some great ones,” he said. “Jack Mildren, Jamelle Holieway, Steve. He was a winner. The guy was a winner.”
Davis’ former teammate, wide receiver Tinker Owens, remembered his friend on WWLS.
“Of course, he was an ordained minister and very religious guy,” Owens said. “It’s still hard for me to fathom that he’s no longer with us.”
Davis’ coach, Barry Switzer, remembered him on Twitter.
I'm saddened by the loss of Steve Davis. Great role model for young people on & off the field. He was my 1st QB & had an outstanding career.—
Barry Switzer (@Barry_Switzer) March 18, 2013
“Rest in peace, Steve Davis because he was a darn good friend and great Sooner,” Owens said.
In a statement, OU Head Coach Bob Stoops said, “On behalf of the Oklahoma football family, we share the sorrow of Sooners everywhere who are mourning the loss of Steve Davis and extend our prayers to Steve’s family and many friends.
“He was a man of exceptional character who will be deeply missed.”
The NTSB said it could take seven to 10 days before issuing a preliminary report on the crash.
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