David Overstreet

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David Overstreet
No. 20
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1958-09-20)September 20, 1958
Place of birth: Big Sandy, Texas
Date of death: June 25, 1984(1984-06-25) (aged 25)
Place of death: Winona, Texas
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: Big Sandy (TX)
College: Oklahoma
NFL Draft: 1981 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Debuted in 1981 for the Montreal Alouettes
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Carries85
Rushing Yards392
Touchdowns1
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com
 
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David Overstreet
No. 20
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1958-09-20)September 20, 1958
Place of birth: Big Sandy, Texas
Date of death: June 25, 1984(1984-06-25) (aged 25)
Place of death: Winona, Texas
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: Big Sandy (TX)
College: Oklahoma
NFL Draft: 1981 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Debuted in 1981 for the Montreal Alouettes
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Carries85
Rushing Yards392
Touchdowns1
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

David Arthur Overstreet (September 20, 1958 – June 25, 1984) was a running back in the Canadian Football League and National Football League. He played for coach Barry Switzer and the Oklahoma Sooners as a halfback out of the wishbone offense.

Biography[edit]

A native of Big Sandy, Texas, David Overstreet prepped at Big Sandy High School and played his college football at the University of Oklahoma.

One of Overstreet's great moments as a Sooner happened on October 4, 1980 when the senior halfback ran for 258 yards on 18 carries against the Colorado Buffaloes as Oklahoma won big, 82-42. He had long runs of 84 and 53 yards in the contest.[1]

For Overstreet's senior season, the 5-11, 180-pound running back led the University of Oklahoma to a 10-2 record, a No. 3 ranking nationally, and the Big Eight Conference Championship while rushing for a team-leading 678 yards on 96 carries with six touchdowns.

He was drafted in the 1981 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins in the first round, 13th pick overall. A contract dispute with the Dolphins led him to sign with the Montreal Alouettes, who, under the ownership of Nelson Skalbania, tried to buy a big money winning team.

His first season (1981) was successful, as he rushed for 952 yards and was the Alouettes rookie of the year. His second season, with the newly renamed and dreadful Montreal Concordes, was plagued by injury, and he only gained 190 yards rushing.

He returned to the Dolphins in 1983, and showed much promise, rushing for 392 yards in 14 games with a 4.6 yards per carry average.

Overstreet was killed in a car accident in June 1984. He was driving northbound in his 1980 Mercedes on Texas State Highway 155, when his car swerved off the road about 10 miles northeast of Tyler into gasoline pumps at a service station and exploded.[2]

He was survived by his son David Overstreet Jr., who played safety at the University of Missouri from 2003 to 2006.

Statistics[edit]

Overstreet's stats with the Oklahoma Sooners
RushingReceiving
YEARATTYDSAVGLPTDNO.YDSAVGLPTD
1977803544.43
1978634086.5642
1979562775.021228241.0721
1980966787.184638026.7391
Totals2951,7175.88413516232.4722
Overstreet's stats in the CFL
RushingReceiving
YEARATTYDSAVGLPTDNO.YDSAVGLPTD
19811829525.2543483567.4261
1982391904.935017895.2130
Totals2211,1425.2543654456.8261
Overstreet's stats in the NFL
RushingReceiving
YEARTEAMATTYDSAVGLPTDNO.YDSAVGLPTD
1983MIA853924.64418597.4202
Totals853924.64418597.4202

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oklahoma scores 82 in win over Colorado". The Ledger (Lakeland, Florida). October 5, 1980. p. 5D. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "David Overstreet Killed in Car Crash", New York Times, June 25, 1984 

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