YA Tittle, Hall of Fame quarterback and Giants legend, dead at 90


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

News of Tittle's death was passed along by the sports information department at his alma mater, LSU.

Tittle's NFL vocation began in 1948 after the Detroit Lions made him the No. 6 general pick in the NFL Draft.

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

During his 1961-1964 tenure with the Giants, he quarterbacked them to three straight National Football League championship games, all of which the team lost.

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.

Most LSU fans today weren't alive when Y.A. Tittle was running the Tigers' offense from 1944 to 1947, but not many before or since have done as good of a job as Tittle. Tittle is pictured sitting on the field, spent and exhausted after throwing an interception.

Tittle never won a championship but was shown in an iconic photo taken by Dozier Mobley during his final season in 1964. Tittle was suffering from severe dementia. The two numbers have stood the trial of time.

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