Steve Davis (quarterback)

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Steve Davis
Oklahoma Sooners – No. 5
Position Quarterback
Career history
Personal information
Born: (1952-11-19)November 19, 1952
Bossier City, Louisiana
Died: March 17, 2013(2013-03-17) (aged 60)
South Bend, Indiana

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]


  1. ^ "Oklahoma Earns National Title". The Telegraph. Nashua, New Hampshire. UPI. January 3, 1976. p. 12. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sooners explode to claim victory". Rome News-Tribune. Rome, Georgia. UPI. December 1, 1974. p. 2D. 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. ^ "Family ID's OU's Steve Davis as plane crash victim". The Tulsa World. Retrieved March 18, 2013.