MIAMI — Two teammates on the 1981 and ’82 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College football teams — David Webb and Algray Pettus — have died within the last month.
Webb, an All-American linebacker from Jacksonville, Florida, lost a battle with cancer on Jan. 7 in Houston, Texas. He was 55.
Webb was a two-year starter as an outside linebacker with the Golden Norsemen. Averaging 5.9 tackles with 138 totals in two years, Webb ranks fourth overall.
He is the NEO all-time leader in assisted tackles with 166 in 20 games. He ranks fourth in assists for a season with 88 in 1982.
After playing two seasons with the Oklahoma State University Cowboys in Stillwater, Webb served one year as a graduate assistant football coach at NEO.
Pettus, an offensive guard from Little Rock, Arkansas, also 55, died Thursday, Feb. 1 in Stillwater. He started two seasons for the Golden Norse.
Pettus then played two years at Stephen. F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.
“From the friendship they established as teammates at NEO, they remained best friends the remainder of their lives,” former NEO all-American quarterback Tod Weder said. “They had worked together at both Langston University and Prairie View A&M with the university police departments.”
Webb was recently working for the Brenham, Texas, police department while Pettus was a State of Oklahoma probation officer.
Both NEO teams under coach Glen Wolfe finished with 9-1 records.
The 1981 team finished second in the nation after dropping a 21-14 decision to Butler County, Kansas, in the Rodeo Bowl at Arkansas City, Kansas, for the NJCAA national championship.
The only loss for the Golden Norse in the 1982 campaign was a 7-0 decision at Tyler, Texas, in the second week of the regular season. NEO defeated Kilgore, Texas, 13-0, in the Garland Texas Shrine Bowl and finished third in the nation.