Former LSU and pro QB legend YA Tittle passes away

by Steven Clarke October 11, 2017, 0:09

Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle has passed away at the age of 90.

LSU deputy director of athletics Verge Ausberry told the New Orleans Advocate that the NFL Legend passed away early Monday morning surrounded by his family.

Tittle died Sunday night at 90 and the photo will forever reflect an aging athlete nearing the end of his career, alone, bowed, defeated.

Tittle never won a championship but came to personify the competitive spirit of football, thanks to an iconic photo taken by Dozier Mobley during Tittle's final season in 1964.

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His wife died in 2012 and was predeceased by their son Mike Tittle. Instead of giving up an equal star for a four-time Pro Bowler, they parted with guard Lou Cordileone, a second-year player from Clemson who had been a first-round selection in 1960. In a 1962 game against the Redskins, Tittle threw for 505 yards and seven touchdowns, which were unheard of numbers in an era known for bruising running backs.

Tittle is also credited with inventing the alley-oop pass, a play later popularized in basketball.

Holding the ball with one hand and his trousers with the other, Tittle got as far as the Ole Miss 20-yard-line before he was dragged down. I go into college. That's where Owens soared over a cluster of defenders to make the catch.

Yelberton Abraham Tittle Jr. was born October 24, 1926 in Marshall, Texas. "My idol", Tittle called him later in life.

Upon joining the Giants - stocked with such stars as Del Shofner, Frank Gifford, Alex Webster, Dick Lynch, Roosevelt Brown, Andy Robustelli, Sam Huff, Erich Barnes and Kyle Rote - Tittle generated his most prolific statistics and, in his first three seasons, lost only five times.

Tittle attended LSU and was a first-round pick (No. 6 overall) in the 1948 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts.

Tittle signed with the Browns but was transferred to the Baltimore Colts when the AAFL intervened in an attempt to create league parity.

Tittle was later drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 1951.

"He just threw the ball up". By '54, strong-armed Tittle was at the helm of the "Million Dollar Backfield" - a nickname built on reputation, not paychecks. "He was a Hall of Fame quarterback and a Hall of Fame person".

Hundreds of photos were taken of quarterback Y.A Tittle during his Hall of Fame career in the NFL.

"Joe Perry was lightning fast". Even up for Y.A. Tittle? He'd cuss out (defenders) and spit on 'em. "But by the time I retired [in 1965], the fans loved the offensive part of the game".

Tittle was named the league MVP in 1963.

The Giants brought in Tittle from the San Francisco 49ers as Charlie Conerly was wrapping up his stellar career at age 42.

Tittle, meanwhile, promptly led NY to three consecutive title game appearances.

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