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Oklahoma football: Before Tim Tebow, there was Steve Davis

STEVE DAVIS 1952-2013 — As a quarterback, he was nearly perfect. As a young man, Steve Davis knew he needed a savior, sharing that fact wherever he went.
by Ryan Aber Published: March 18, 2013

/articleid/3767199/1/pictures/1984244">Photo - Former OU football player Steve Davis, pictured in 1975. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Former OU football player Steve Davis, pictured in 1975. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO

“I just see the good that results in it for all of the young people,” Davis told The Oklahoman's Ray Soldan.

Former teammate Joe Washington had grown closer to Davis over the past year or so after not being in contact much since they were teammates.

“From the moment he was born, he was destined to be an ordained minister and a Sooner,” Joe Washington said. “The only two songs he knew when he got here were ‘Amazing Grace' and ‘Boomer Sooner.'”

About a month before he spoke in Lubbock, Davis officiated the funeral of his high school coach at Sallisaw, Perry F. Lattimore.

“He said that was one of the hardest things he ever went through,” Lattimore's widow, Margaret Lattimore-Kenyon, said. “My husband mentioned that if something should happen, he wanted Steve to do the funeral.

“He was very, very valuable to all of us because he was just like family.”

Davis also co-officiated the wedding of Sooners' All-American guard John Roush.

Roush grew up Catholic in Colorado and hadn't experienced being around an Evangelical Christian.

“He was confronting everyone about the resurrected, living Christ,” Roush said. “I didn't know what that was but it affected me. I ended up giving my testimony. I never thought I'd wind up talking at the Baptist Student Union but he brought that out.”

Davis didn't, though, come off as looking down on anyone when he shared his beliefs, though, Washington said.

“He had an unbelievable faith but he didn't push it on anybody,” Washington said. “But he was always ready to spread the word when he needed to or when he had to.”

 Mike Baldwin contributed to this story.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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