March 18, 2013

Ex-Oklahoma star QB killed in plane crash

The Associated Press

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South Bend police and fire officials examine a home where a plane crashed near the South Bend Regional Airport on Sunday. The private jet struck three homes, authorities and witnesses said.


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In this Nov. 15, 1975, photo, University of Oklahoma quarterback Steven Davis (5) sweeps for a 15-yard gain against Missouri in Columbia, Mo. The starting quarterback for Oklahoma's national championship teams in 1974 and 1975 was one of two men killed when a small plane slammed into a house in northern Indiana.


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During his football career, Steve Davis went 32-1-1 as the Sooners' starter from 1973 to 1975, starting every game of Barry Switzer's first three seasons as head coach. They won two national titles in Davis' final years at the school.

Davis had joined the Tulsa church, which has about 3,600 members, a couple of decades ago, but his travels and work took him elsewhere, Spoo said. He noted that in the last few years, Davis had become a more active member of the church.

"As followers of Jesus, we have two commands: One is to love God; the other is to love people, and Steve fulfilled those commands with excellence," he said.

Patsy Davis said her son was a loving and caring family man.

"He always hugged me and said, 'I love you, Mom,'" she said. "He always called, but he was pretty busy so he didn't come to Sallisaw very often."

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