Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

NFL Hall of Famer YA Tittle dead at 90

Former LSU quarterback Y.A. Tittle died on Monday morning at the age of 90, according to a report by the Marshall News Messenger.

When Tittle left LSU as the No. 6 overall pick of the Baltimore Colts in the 1948 NFL Draft, he did so as the school's all-time leader in completions (162), passing yards (2,525) and passing touchdowns (23). 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 shared playing time during his first two seasons with quarterback Franke Albert and became the 49ers' starter in 1953, which ended up being a Pro Bowl season for Tittle.

At age 34, no one would've been surprised if Tittle's career went downhill in NY, but that's not what happened.

He led the Giants to three straight championship games but was unable to win a title.

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.

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Of the main 20 passing exhibitions in National Football League history, just two of them occurred before 1980 and Tittle's amusement against the Redskins was one of them.

Tittle had memory problems later in life related to dementia.

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. Both numbers have stood the test of time.

Seven years after Tittle resigned, he was enlisted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1971).

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