|Date of birth:September 20, 1958|
|Date of death: June 25, 1984(aged 25)|
|NFL Draft: 1981 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13|
|Debuted in 1981|
|Last played in 1983|
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
|Stats at DatabaseFootball.com|
David Arthur Overstreet (September 20, 1958 – June 25, 1984) was a running back in the Canadian Football League and National Football League. He played for coach Barry Switzer and the Oklahoma Sooners as a halfback out of the wishbone offense.
One of Overstreet's great moments as a Sooner happened on October 4, 1980 when the senior halfback ran for 258 yards on 18 carries against the Colorado Buffaloes as Oklahoma won big, 82-42. He had long runs of 84 and 53 yards in the contest.
For Overstreet's senior season, the 5-11, 180-pound running back led the University of Oklahoma to a 10-2 record, a No. 3 ranking nationally, and the Big Eight Conference Championship while rushing for a team-leading 678 yards on 96 carries with six touchdowns.
He was drafted in the 1981 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins in the first round, 13th pick overall. A contract dispute with the Dolphins led him to sign with the Montreal Alouettes, who, under the ownership of Nelson Skalbania, tried to buy a big money winning team.
His first season (1981) was successful, as he rushed for 952 yards and was the Alouettes rookie of the year. His second season, with the newly renamed and dreadful Montreal Concordes, was plagued by injury, and he only gained 190 yards rushing.
He returned to the Dolphins in 1983, and showed much promise, rushing for 392 yards in 14 games with a 4.6 yards per carry average.
Overstreet was killed in a car accident in June 1984. He was driving northbound in his 1980 Mercedes on Texas State Highway 155, when his car swerved off the road about 10 miles northeast of Tyler into gasoline pumps at a service station and exploded.
- "Montreal Concordes - David Overstreet - Running Back - 1981-82 - University of Oklahoma". CFL-Scrapbook.no-ip.org. August 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
- "Oklahoma scores 82 in win over Colorado". The Ledger (Lakeland, Florida). October 5, 1980. p. 5D. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
- "David Overstreet Killed in Car Crash", New York Times, June 25, 1984
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