Longview remembers James Street

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Former Texas Longhorn quarterback and Longview Lobo James Street has died at the age of 65 at his home in Austin.

Street is one of the true legends of the UT football program.

"No one has done more for the University of Texas in football than James Street," said head coach Mack Brown.

But long before his days at Texas, you would find James Street on the baseball and football fields at Longview high school.

"He was just good at everything, he was a natural," said Tommy Eaker, a friend of James Street and a Longview High School graduate. "He is Longview's natural."

A star in four sports at Longview, Street would eventually make his name on the football field.

Eaker still has the jersey his friend gave him after the 1970 Cotton Bowl.

"My parents were real good friends with his mother, Helen, and would take her to all the games, so James always got us really good seats," said Eaker.

In the 1969-70 year , they would have a seat to one of the best seasons in Longhorn history.

Street led Texas to the national championship and along the way, engineering a comeback victory over #2 Arkansas, a game dubbed, "The Game of the Century."

"There are a lot of things that I have forgotten that I have coached in, but I remember that ball game," said Pat Collins, former athletic director at Longview. "And I remember how good that game was and his performance."

In his career at Texas, Street was perfect.

He played in 20 games at quarterback, winning all 20.

"Everyone in Longview always had the TV's turned to the Longhorns when the game was on," said Eaker. "He was just a great athlete."

More than 40 years after he left Longview high, the memories of the great James Street, on and off the field, are still alive.

"I've had all these phone calls today and all of them have praised him about what kind of athlete he was and person he was, all of them were positive," said Collins.

"James was the best athlete I have ever seen come out of Longview, not only was he a great athlete but he was a great person," said Eaker.

Mack Brown said today that the Longhorns would be wearing patches with the initials 'J. S.' on their uniforms Thursday night when they play at Iowa State.

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