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Former Oklahoma quarterback Steve Davis led an Oklahoma life

COMMENTARY — Steve Davis led an impressive life as a quarterback, Baptist preacher and ABC analyst. Later, he experienced redemption.
by Berry Tramel Published: March 18, 2013

/articleid/3767208/1/pictures/1917766">Photo - Steve Davis, former University of Oklahoma (OU) quarterback, speaks at the Petroleum Club Thursday, June 28, 2007 in Oklahoma City, OK. BY JACONNA AGUIRRE/THE OKLAHOMAN. ORG XMIT: KOD
Steve Davis, former University of Oklahoma (OU) quarterback, speaks at the Petroleum Club Thursday, June 28, 2007 in Oklahoma City, OK. BY JACONNA AGUIRRE/THE OKLAHOMAN. ORG XMIT: KOD

“He wasn't like the rest of ‘em,” Barry Switzer said of his Sooner players. “He was out doing crusades or revivals. Rest of the guys were down at Louie's or the Bunny Club.”

By 1978, only three years out of OU, Davis was a college football television analyst, back when the industry needed about six, not 600 like today.

But an Oklahoma life is not always charmed. Wasn't for the Joads, wasn't for Steve Davis.

Davis' life eventually left dream cycle. His first marriage ended in divorce. His business ventures waned. He suffered a crisis of faith.

In 2007, Davis shared the story of how his dying brother, George, snapped him back to the right priorities.

“My life is almost finished,” George Davis wrote. “Your life is unfinished.”

Steve Davis says he became a new man. A more veteran version of the man who quarterbacked the Sooners and opened for Billy Graham. A man with passion for what he was doing and thanks for what he had.

The kid who once held revivals had become a man who staged his own personal revival.

The boy who stood in front of Farmer's Furniture Store and dreamed, had become a man who appreciated the realization of those dreams, in an Oklahoma life.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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