Longhorn great James Street dies at 65


by KVUE.com and Associated Press


Posted on September 30, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 30 at 12:06 PM

AUSTIN -- Legendary University of Texas Longhorns quarterback James Street has died.

Coach Mack Brown confirmed the news on his Twitter account Monday morning by writing, "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."

Serena Fitchard with The James Street Group told KVUE News he died of a heart attack.

“My father left us this morning, and we’re trying to gather our thoughts,” his son Huston, a pitcher with the San Diego Padres, told KVUE's sister station KENS 5. “That’s all I can say at this time.”

Street is best known for leading the Longhorns to the Football National Championship in 1969.

He was a two-sport star at UT from 1966 to 1969. In addition to his achievements as a quarterback, he was also an all-conference pitcher for the Longhorns.

Street started the 1968 season as a backup but was made the starter after two games. He led Texas to 20 consecutive victories, including the "Game of the Century" with Arkansas in 1969, a come-from-behind, 15-14 victory by the top-ranked Longhorns over No. 2 Arkansas to cap the regular season.

The Texas-Arkansas game was attended by President Richard Nixon. After the Longhorns' victory, Nixon declared Texas the national champions.

Street later went on to a career in finance and structured settlements.

Street is survived by his wife and five sons. He was 65 years old.

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