Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Steve Williams passes at age 49
Big news day today as Mike Leach was fired at Texas Tech,the Humanitarian Bowl was (as I guessed) was the most exciting bowl game of the season and the Devils added another win with a 2-0 shutout of the Penguins.
However,the biggest news of the day to me was the passing of Steve "Dr Death" Williams,who finally succumbed to his long battle with throat cancer.
Williams was an all Big 8 guard for Oklahoma along with being a amateur wrestling All American despite not joining the Sooner grapplers until football season was over.
Williams finished second in the NCAA tournament to future Olympic gold medalist Bruce Baumgartner despite the gap in preparation between the two.
Many observers of the mat game thought that Williams had he been a full time wrestler might have been able to beat Baumgartner eventually.
Williams attended training camp with the USFL's New Jersey Generals before entering wrestling with Mid South Wrestling,where he had his most success in the United States before a long run as one of the American stars for All Japan Pro Wrestling.
This is a huge loss to me as one of my all time favorites has passed.
Look for another post on the wrestling career of Steve Williams sometime next week.
P.S-I own the shown helmet and it isnt for sale!