25 years later: David Overstreet remembered
Twenty-five years ago today, June 25, 1984, David Overstreet died. Drank, then drove and crashed his Mercedes into a gas pumps in a small East Texas town, creating an explosion that took the life of the Miami Dolphin halfback.
Ethan Skolnick of the Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Sun-Sentinel wrote an excellent piece on Overstreet’s death. Here’s the link: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/football/pro/dolphins/sfl-david-overstreet-062009,0,6384766.story
Overstreet was a Texas high school legend, a teammate of now-Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith at Big Sandy High School. He came to OU and muscled his way into a crowded Sooner backfield.
Overstreet’s son, David II, played at Missouri earlier this decade, and now Overstreet’s grandson, Quincis Overstreet, is a 16-year-old prospect at Dallas Skyline being recruited by OU. Quincis is the son of Dayetta, Overstreet’s daughter.
It doesn’t seem like 25 years since Overstreet died. Of course, it doesn’t seem like 29 years since Overstreet rushed for 258 yards on 18 carries in that wild 82-42 victory at Colorado. Doesn’t seem like 32 years since Overstreet shared playing time as a freshman with Billy Sims and Elvis Peacock.
But it has been that long. And Skolnick does a nice job of remembering a Sooner great.
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