Former University of Texas quarterback James Street passed away at the age of 65, according to KENS5.com's David Flores.
Another Texas news outlet, KVUE.com reports that Street died of an apparent heart attack inside his Austin, Texas home early Monday.
Street was the father of San Diego Padres pitcher Huston, who won Rookie of the Year honors in 2005 with the Oakland Athletics and earned his first All-Star nod last year with the Padres. Huston released a brief statement regarding his father's passing, per Flores: “My father left us this morning and we’re trying to gather our thoughts. That’s all I can say at this time.”
Texas head coach Mack Brown confirmed the sad news on Twitter:
Very sad day as we lost college FB great, good friend & wonderful man w/passing of James Street. Our thoughts & prayers are w/Janie & family— Mack Brown (@UT_MackBrown) September 30, 2013
ESPN Texas reports how the Longhorns will honor Street:
Texas players will wear "JS" stickers on their helmets Thursday to honor James Street. #Longhorns— ESPN Texas (@ESPNTexas) September 30, 2013
Street was best known for leading Texas to its second national championship in program history in 1969. He went 20-0 as the starting quarterback in 1968 and 1969, anchoring the Longhorns' famous wishbone attack.
He led Texas to two consecutive Cotton Bowl victories, rallying the Longhorns in his final game in the 1969 Cotton Bowl to beat Notre Dame 21-17 for the national championship.
Street's most memorable performance by far came in Texas' regular-season finale in 1969 against Arkansas. The Longhorns trailed by two touchdowns heading into the final quarter, but Street woke up the offense and led Texas to 15 unanswered points. They would hold on to win 15-14 in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup advertised as the "Game of the Century."
Street also played baseball at Texas. Former Longhorn baseball star and major league player Greg Swindell still has fond memories of his friend:
James Street always made the pitching motion when I saw him. And called me "lefty" then gave me a big handshake. Every time I saw him— greg swindell (@GregSwindell) September 30, 2013
What a wonderful man. James Street you will be missed. Prayers to the family. Saw him at Starbucks a lot always happy always kind. #RIP— greg swindell (@GregSwindell) September 30, 2013
Bill Bradley, the current defensive coordinator at Lamar University and the man Street replaced under center during the second game of the 1968 season, had only positive things to say when talking about his former teammate, per Flores:
James was like a brother to me. 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.
James lived life to the fullest as far as enjoying people. He enjoyed people and enjoyed life. He became a very successful businessman. He was as driven as a businessman as he was an athlete. He was a workaholic.
Thankfully, Street's memory and fighting spirit will carry on with his son Huston and everyone who knew him.
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