Former quarterback was a scrambler

Updated: February 21, 2004, 1:35 AM ET
Associated Press

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Jimmy Streater, nicknamed the "Sylva Streak" for his speed and was Tennessee's all-time leader in passing and total offense when he left college, died Friday. He was 46.

Streater died at the Blue Ridge Rehabilitation and Health Center Friday morning, according to a release from the University of Tennessee.

The former quarterback had several ailments since his playing days, including a stroke in 1994 that paralyzed his left side, diabetes and a bite by a brown recluse spider in 1990 that forced the amputation of his left arm.

He had been living in a nursing home in recent years and had his left leg amputated in 2003.

Streater was quarterback at Tennessee from 1976-79. He was a scrambler who racked up 4,807 yards total offense, 3,433 yards passing. He also had the school's longest touchdown pass at the time, an 85-yarder against Vanderbilt to Anthony Hancock in 1979.

He played two seasons in the Canadian Football League, 1980 and 1981.

Streater's younger brother broke his neck in a car accident and was paralyzed from the neck down in the early 1980s. Streater said he had trouble dealing with his health and his brother's situation and ended up abusing drugs and in prison in 1989.

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