Predictable, authentic, consistent and the standard-bearer for excellence. That best describes the Henry Aaron that his teammates saw and knew on a daily basis during his legendary Major League career. Those words apply both to Aaron, the most feared player in the game during that time, and Aaron the person then and in the years to come.

He lived his life and went about his craft with the same unwavering business-like approach, humility and strength. Quiet confidence is how I remembered him,” former Braves teammate Tom House said of the Hall of Fame home run hitter, who died on Friday at the age of 86.

Aaron never let his fame or anyone else’s status impact how he carried himself or how he treated them.Henry in the clubhouse and Henry as a teammate, you would never know that he was the superstar that he was,” House told USA TODAY Sports in a telephone interview Friday night. “He was the most normal guy. Never noisy, always with a smile on his face.