Giants legend YA Tittle died at age 90

Doug Mendoza
October 10, 2017

Y.A. Tittle, the Hall of Fame quarterback and celebrated former signal-caller for the Colts, 49ers and Giants, passed away Sunday night. He led the league in passing touchdowns three times and was named AP Most Valuable Player in 1963.

News of Tittle's death was passed along by the sports information department at his alma mater, LSU. Statistically, his best seasons came in 1962 and 1963 with the New York Giants when Tittle threw for over 3,000 yards and 30-or-more touchdowns in each of the two seasons.

Tittle is pictured in one of the most iconic photographs in National Football League history.

Tittle played for the Tigers from 1944-47. It shows him on his knees, sitting on his ankles, without a helmet and bleeding from a gash in his head after throwing a pass that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. Tittle told ESPN.com as of late that he wasn't a colossal enthusiast of the photograph.

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Tittle retired following the 1964 season with 28,339 yards passing, 212 touchdowns and 221 interceptions. The two numbers have stood the trial of time.

Before turning professional, the Texas-born quarterback, born Yelberton Abraham Tittle on October 24, 1926, played college football at Louisiana State University.

Before jumping to the NFL Tittle spend his college career at LSU. Tittle was named the MVP of a game that ended in a 0-0 tie with Arkansas.

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