Former Okla. Football Star Dies in Plane Crash

By   •   March 19, 2013

Tragedy struck the Oklahoma football family late Sunday afternoon when former quarterback Steve Davis, 60, was killed in a private plane crash near the South Bend, Ind., airport.

According to news reports, the small jet plane attempted to land twice before clipping one house and crashing into two others. Davis, along with his friend Wesley Caves, 58, were killed in the crash, while two other passengers, along with a woman in one of the homes, were injured but expected to survive.

Davis hit the national stage in the mid-70s, leading the Sooners to two national titles (1974 and 1975 seasons), while compiling a 32-1-1 record running the wishbone over three Oklahoma seasons. Davis was named Orange Bowl MVP in 1976.

He was also a man of strong faith, giving his testimony at the nationally televised Billy Graham Crusade in Lubbock, Texas, on Sept. 4, 1975.

During his testimony, he talked about receiving Christ as his Savior at a relatively young age. “At the age of 10, the best I knew how, that’s exactly what I did,” Davis said. “The key is to ask Jesus Christ into your life and He promises He’ll come in and stay there.”

Here’s the video clip from the 1975 Crusade:

Another point Davis emphasized in Lubbock was the importance of a father’s relationship with Christ.

“My dad was not a Christian for the first 16 years of my life,” Davis said. “And if there’s a dad here tonight, as one who knows, Dad, you’re the biggest disappointment and heartbreak that your children have if you’ve never experienced a life in Christ.

“And it made a difference to me when my dad became a Christian when I was 16.”

Both Davis and Caves were certified pilots, according to news reports, and according to family members, Davis loved to fly and was always looking for an excuse to go up in a plane.  The jet — a newer model Hawker Beechcraft 390 — belonged to Caves.

Davis, an ordained Baptist minister, was a television commentator after his playing days, and stayed connected with college football as a mentor for some of the Oklahoma quarterbacks.

Condolences were sent out via Twitter as news of Davis’ death started to circulate.

@Barry_Switzer: 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.

@JacknGraham: Praying for Steves fam. Have known him 30 yrs

@GotBoz44 (Brian Bosworth): The very reason GOD’s gifts are everlasting..Seek HIM!!”  a must watch on the legend Steve Davis

@RealSkipBayless: RIP Steve Davis. Great college football player. Better man. God bless him for all he did.

@SoonerGridiron: Before Tim Tebow, there was Steve Davis >>> ?  ?

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  1. emmanuel says:

    Steve Davis lived a great Life for the lord And his life was a blessing to every one and I know his impact will be remembered in every life he touch My prayer for his family is that God Almight will through the Holy spirit comfort their heart Jesus

  2. Loida says:

    Beutful Testimony God have him in your glory

  3. Pat says:

    Condolences to his family. I'm sure many lives were changed as a result of his sharing in 1975 and beyond.

  4. Glen says:

    He finished his course and fought the good fight. His testimony will live on though he is not here.

  5. jeremiah says:

    rest in peace

  6. Reta says:

    So very sorry for your family. But know, God is holding his hand today walking him around heaven..

  7. priscilla says:

    God Bless him!!

  8. Steve says:

    Awesome testimony – God Bless Steve Davis and his family-

  9. Gedion says:

    God loves you most brother Davis, your good fight is now over and hope that you will receive your crown, may God Bless you guide you family and friends, but above all we should be prepared any time for we know not the day when we well be call up.

  10. Mt says:

    For enything thanks to jesus