ETX native, former Longhorns' great dies at 65

James Street Settlement Group
Monday, September 30, 2013 - 11:38am

Former Longview Lobo and University of Texas star quarterback, James Street has died.

According to ESPN Central Texas, the undersized, yet explosive, former Longhorns' player passed away Monday morning.


Photo from A&T Cotton Bowl.

Street, who arrived at Texas from Longview as a seventh string quarterback, led the Longhorns to back-to-back Cotton Bowl Classics, defeating Tennessee 36-13 in 1969, and a year later knocked off Notre Dame 21-17 to help Texas claim the national championship in college football’s 100th anniversary season. Street's icing on the cake was a perfect college career record of 20-0. 

Street served as the leader for D.K. Royal's infamous "Wishbone" offense. He led the Longhorns to a victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks in a matchup now known  as the "Game of the Century."


Photo from Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

David Smoak of ESPN Central Texas and owner of Smoaky.com also tells KETK, Street is a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco, having been inducted in 2000.

Nancy Mills, Vice President of Executive Services for the AT&T Cotton Bowl, tells KETK, Street was inducted into the AT&T Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame in 1999.


Photo from AT&T Cotton Bowl.

In addition to football, Street also won two Southwest Conference titles and threw two no-hitters as a member of the Texas baseball team. He held a 29-8 record on the Longhorn diamond. He also still holds the summer league home run record in Longview.


Photo from AT&T Cotton Bowl.

Craig Smoak, of ESPN Central Texas and Smoaky.com, spoke with someone who knew Street, and his words summed up the legend lost and the legacy left by the East Texas native.

"Longview has had their share of great athletes," said a friend of Street. "However, none captivated the city with excellence and leadership like Street."


Photo from AT&T Cotton Bowl.

One of Street's five sons, Huston, is a finesse relief pitcher for the San Diego Padres. Huston was a closer on the 2002 College World Series team at Texas, setting a CWS record for most saves earning him the series' MVP honors. He was named to the NCAA College World Series Legends team in 2010.


Photo from Facebook of Steve Gaddis.

KETK spoke with Steve Gaddis, former Spring Hill Athletic Director and head football coach, whose father, Votto Gaddis, coached Street while at Longview.

"My dad coached James for six years in football and was also his head basketball coach while at Longview," Gaddis said. "He stayed in contact with James and visited with him about six weeks ago. Street was like a son to him and a brother to me. He would always get us tickets to come see him play against Oklahoma. I also visited with his son, Huston, two weeks ago when the Padres played the Braves in Atlanta and he signed a ball for my grandson. I also have a painting of Street at Royal (pictured above) hanging in my office, so I'm always reminded of not just what an amazing athlete he was, but a person, as well.

Longhorns' head coach, Mack Brown, tweeted the following after hearing the confirmation of Street's death:


Photo from Mack Brown Twitter.

Brown also announced the Longhorns will wear "JS" decals on their helmets in the Iowa State game this week and will also show a two-minute tribute video to the team, Tuesday, so they will understand what Street meant to the Texas program.


Photo from Mack Brown Twitter.

After Street's football career he started a structured settlement group, The James Street Settlement Group, in Austin.

He is survived by his wife and five sons.


Photo from AT&T Cotton Bowl.

Tune in to KETK News at 5:00 and 6:00 for more details and interviews with those who knew Street and the impact he had, not only on East Texas, but the world of college football.


Photo from Facebook of Jonathan Bonds.

 


 


 

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