James Street died early on Monday, prompting an outpouring of condolences for the family of the legendary University of Texas quarterback and a special memorial from the Longhorns.
Street reportedly suffered a massive heart attack inside inside his home in Austin, Texas. He was 65.
During his time at Texas, James Street led the Longhorns to two straight Cotton Bowl wins. In his final game he rallied Texas to defeat Notre Dame 21-17, earning what was then only the second national championship in program history.
He also brought Texas a historic victory in 1969, the regular season finale of his senior year. In a matchup of the No. 1 vs. No. 2 team in the nation billed “Game of the Century,” Street rallied the Longhorns from down 14 points going into the fourth quarter. Texas ended up winning the game 15-14.
James Street ended his career with a 20-0 record as a starter.
James Street was also the father of San Diego Padres pitcher Huston Street, the one-time All-Star who was named Rookie of the Year in 2005 with the Oakland Athletics. James Street also played baseball at Texas.
Huston confirmed news of his father’s death on Monday.
“My father left us this morning and we’re trying to gather our thoughts,” he said. “That’s all I can say at this time.”
Street made an indelible impression on those around him. Bill Bradley, who Street replaced as starting quarterback, said the two maintained a very close relationship despite their rivalry.
“James was like a brother to me,” Bradley said. “Even though he took my job, that never affected our relationship at all. We’ve been close since we met. He was a very, very, very competitive person, but you never heard him talk real bad about anybody.”
Texas plans to honor James Street in its Thursday night game against Iowa State by wearing orange and white “JS” stickers on their helmets.