My wife, like many Arkansans, didn't initially think much of James Street.
The Texas quarterback made the pass and the run that cost the Razorbacks a national champions in the shootout of 1969. She came to admire him.
But years away from football, Street turned out to be anything but a villain.
He was a classy guy on an off the field, a nice guy who endeared himself to many Arkansans, even those he played against. He was an exciting player but the anti Johnny Manziel.
Street died of a heart attack Monday. He was a winner on so many levels.