National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Inductee: Steve Williams

Known as Dr. Death even during his college days, Steve Williams was a huge pro wrestling star with an extensive amateur wrestling background. He was a high school athletic standout at Lakewood, Colorado, and made a huge impact at the University of Oklahoma.

Competing at heavyweight for the Sooners, Williams was a four-time wrestling All-American. He finished as NCAA runnerup his senior year after dropping a close decision i the finals to Bruce Baumgartner, who went on to win 18 national titles and two Olympic gold medals. As a football player for the Sooners, Steve played in four major football bowl games.

As a pro wrestler, Williams worked for most of the major companies all over the world, and was a huge star in Japan. He won numerous major titles along the way. In 2004, he faced his biggest battle ever and underwent surgery for throat cancer. He battled back and today speaks to groups about his Christian faith and has written a book entitled, “How Dr. Death Became Dr. Life.