Ex-LSU, NFL great YA Tittle dies at 90

Y.A. Tittle

Y.A. Tittle, the Hall of Fame quarterback and celebrated former signal-caller for the Colts, 49ers and Giants, passed away Sunday night. In a 1962 amusement against the Redskins, Tittle tossed for 505 yards and seven touchdowns, which were incredible numbers in a period known for wounding running backs.

News of Tittle's death was passed along by the sports information department at his alma mater, LSU. He was selected by the Detroit Lions in the first round of the 1948 draft.

When Tittle left San Francisco, he went to NY to play for the Giants for the last four seasons of his career.

Although things didn't work out for the Colts, they worked out for Tittle, who would go on to become a one of the NFL's best players over the final 14 seasons of his career.

Tittle lettered from 1944-47 and led LSU to victory in the 1947 Cotton Bowl following his junior season. It came right after Tittle had thrown an interception and he was hit hard on the play.


The next season, Tittle broke the NFL single-season record by passing for 36 touchdowns, becoming the first player in league history to have at least 30 TD passes in consecutive seasons.

Tittle retired after the 1964 season - when an iconic football photo was taken of him kneeling on the field, helmetless with blood trickling down his bald head. Even though the National Football League has changed its rules to encourage more passing, both of Tittle's numbers still rank in the top-35 of all-time.

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971.

Before jumping to the NFL Tittle spend his college career at LSU.

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