Tracie Dowis is the wife of former Air Force star Dee Dowis. Her husband –who set an NCAA career rushing record for quarterbacks –sadly passed at age 48.
According to reports, Michael ‘Dee’ Dowis was killed in an car accident in suburban Atlanta on Monday morning. The two-car accident took place on Interstate 85 around 5 a.m. ET. Dowis lived in South Carolina and worked as a pharmaceutical salesman, according to his LinkedIn.
Her husband was a lightly recruited player from Franklin County High School in Royston, Georgia. A 5-foot-10, 153-pound quarterback. Dowis enrolled at the Air Force Academy after most Southern colleges passed on him because of his smaller size.
During his sophomore year in 1987, Dowis took control of the Falcons’ wishbone offense. He rushed for 1,315 yards, an NCAA single-season record for quarterbacks that stood for 12 seasons. Dowis ran for 972 yards as a junior and also tied an NCAA record when he completed 11 consecutive passes against Northwestern.
As a senior in 1989, Dowis became the fifth player in NCAA history to run and pass for more than 1,000 yards in a season. He ran for 1,286 yards with 18 touchdowns and passed for 1,285 with seven scores. Dowis finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting as a senior.
He went on to attend the University of West Florida – Pensacola, FL –where he obtained his Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), GPA 3.54.
The Air Force Academy said it was “saddened” to learn the news of Dowis’ death in a tweet posted on the football program’s official Twitter page.
Many have taken to social media to paid tribute to Dowis. Several posts described him as a great friend, who will be remembered as a great Christian athlete.
Dee Dowis is survived by his wife, Tracie Dowis and their two children, including daughter, Maddie Dowis.
The wife and mom of two worked as an OT at Primrose School. She is currently listed as a Preschool rotator.
You can read some of Dee Dowis’s quotes here. We send our condolences.