Former OU football player Steve 'Dr. Death' Williams dies

From Staff Reports Modified: December 30, 2009 at 8:27 pm •  Published: December 30, 2009
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photo - OU football player Steve "Dr. Death" Williams takes it easy in the shade while being interviewed by Rex Holt of the Stillwater News-Press Sept. 1, 1982. Staff photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
OU football player Steve "Dr. Death" Williams takes it easy in the shade while being interviewed by Rex Holt of the Stillwater News-Press Sept. 1, 1982. Staff photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Steve "Dr. Death" Williams, a flamboyant University of Oklahoma player and wrestler who became a professional wrestling star, has died.

Williams, 49, died Tuesday after a battle with throat cancer.

He was an All-Big Eight offensive guard for OU coach Barry Switzer and a All-American heavyweight wrestler for Sooner coach Stan Abel. He took the Dr. Death persona and carved a 20-year career as a professional wrestler, first in the U.S. and then overseas.

Williams attended OU from 1978-82.

But Williams spent recent years fighting for his life. In 2004, the once wild-talking Williams was rendered unable to speak after throat cancer surgery resulted in the removal of his larynx.

As a professional wrestler, Williams continued to pay tribute to his home state, naming one of his finishing moves the "Oklahoma Stampede" and sometimes entered the ring to a modified version of the OU fight song, "Boomer Sooner." know it: Cancer View/sign the guest book


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