Yelberton Abraham Tittle Jr., known as YA Tittle died at 90


Y.A. Tittle, who played 17 seasons of professional football and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971, died Sunday at age 90. He tossed 242 touchdowns, leading the league three times, in 1955, 1962 and 1963. He was born in Marshall, Texas, played college football at LSU, and had been living in Atherton, California since retiring from the NFL. He became a star for LSU before he was selected with the sixth overall pick of the 1948 draft by the Detroit Lions. In 1962, he set an National Football League record that has been tied but not broken with seven passing touchdowns in a game.

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

Although Tittle never won a title with the Giants - he went 0-3 in the NFL Championship game between 1961-31 - he did cement his legacy as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play.

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.

Tittle had memory problems later in life related to dementia. The two numbers have stood the trial of time. Tittle led an offense that featured three future Hall of Fame running backs - Hugh McElhenny, Joe Perry and John Henry Johnson - in what was known as the "Million Dollar Backfield".



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