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James Street, was the former Texas Longhorns quarterback, who helped the guide the University of Texas to the 1969 national championship. According to Serena Fitchard, a spokeswoman at the James Street Group financial, he has died. A cause of death was not immediately available.
Street won 20 straight games, including the 15-14 victory over Arkansas in 1969 dubbed the “Game of the Century”. The Texas-Arkansas game was attended by President Richard Nixon. Street followed this by a Cotton Bowl win against Notre Dame and led the Longhorns to the 1969 national title. After the Longhorns’ victory, Nixon declared Texas the national champions. It would be another 36 years before winning another national title, with Vince Young in 2005.
Texas coach Mack Brown (@UT_MackBrown) tweeted Monday: “Very sad day as we lost college FB great, good friend & wonderful man w/passing of James Street” and “Our thoughts & prayers are w/Janie & family.” He also stated, ”to be a quarterback who never lost a game, that never happens.”
Street was a Two-Sport Athlete. He was also a baseball standout. He had a record of 29-8 pitching for Texas, including a perfect game in 1970 and no-hitter in 1969. His son is San Diego Padres relief pitcher Huston Street, who helped Texas win the CWS in 2002.
Street later went on to a career in finance and structured settlements.