YA Tittle Dies: Hall of Fame Quarterback Was 90


Y.A. Tittle, the Hall of Fame quarterback and celebrated former signal-caller for the Colts, 49ers and Giants, passed away Sunday night.

A bloodied Y.A. Tittle kneeling on the field in 1964 is one of the most famous sports photos ever.

Tittle's NFL vocation began in 1948 after the Detroit Lions made him the No. 6 general pick in the NFL Draft. In 1957, Tittle led the NFL with 176 pass completions, which nearly seems absurd when you realize that only one other player in the league that year completed more than 140 passes.

He found the greatest success during his career with the Giants, leading the team to three straight division titles toward the end of his career.

Tittle was a star quarterback at LSU and earned first-team All-SEC selections in 1946 and 1947.

Tittle had memory problems later in life related to dementia.

Before making the jump to pro football, Tittle played two seasons in Baton Rouge.

Tittle retired following the 1964 season with 28,339 yards passing, 212 touchdowns and 221 interceptions. 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. 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".

Tittle was named the league MVP in 1963.