Steve Davis earned legendary status as the second-winningest quarterback in the history of the Oklahoma Sooners football team. However, he will be remembered for far more than simply his 32-1-1 record after dying tragically in a plane crash in South Bend, Ind. on Sunday.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Davis was in a small, four-passenger plane at the time of the crash. The aircraft had actually touched down successfully before heading back into the air as the pilot reported electrical power problems.
It was after the plane regained altitude that the real problems started. It crashed into three homes before going down. The crash killed Davis as well as fellow passenger Wesley Caves.
The other two passengers were seriously injured, and a woman in one of the houses also suffered an injury. All three were taken to nearby Memorial Hospital.
Davis helped engineer one of the greatest runs in school and national history. He guided OU to back-to-back national titles in 1974 and 1975. In the final game of his collegiate career, Davis earned MVP honors in a 14–6 win over Michigan in the 1976 Orange Bowl.
In the time the 60-year old had not been playing, he worked as a college football broadcaster and went into real estate in Tulsa. He also mentored several Sooners quarterbacks over the years, including sending a letter of encouragement to four-year starter Landry Jones last season.
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