Former Texas Longhorns quarterback James Street has tragically passed away at the age of 65, according to The Statesman. KVUE-ABC reports the legendary signal-caller died from an apparent heart attack.
Street played for coach Darrell K. Royal, who himself passed away during the Horns’ 2012 season. Once the news had sunk in a little, current leader Mack Brown tweeted out his condolences to Street’s family.
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
Street began his career at Texas as the program’s seventh-string quarterback. However, he flourished in Royal’s wishbone-based offensive scheme, finishing his career with a pristine 20-0 mark. He led his No. 2-ranked Horns over No. 1 Arkansas in the “Game of the Century” in 1969, and after the game Richard Nixon himself declared Texas the national champions.
Street is survived by his wife and four sons – Huston is the closer for the San Diego Padres with 234 career saves.