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Date Posted: Monday, October 09, 10:03:38am
In reply to: Dies at 90 's message, "Y. A. Tittle, Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback" on Monday, October 09, 09:53:14am

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NFL legend and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle has passed away at age 90, according to a report from the Marshall (Texas) News Messenger.

Tittle was born in Marshall on October 24, 1926. After starring in college at LSU, where he won first-team All-SEC honors in 1946 and 1967, Tittle was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions in 1948. Tittle instead played for the Baltimore Colts of the All-America Football Conference, where he remained until the franchise folded after the 1950 season.

Players on the Colts at that time became eligible again for the NFL Draft, and Tittle wound up being selected by the San Francisco 49ers in 1951. Tittle went on to become a Pro Bowl player with the 49ers and was part of the famous Million Dollar Backfield in 1954, which included fullbacks John Henry Johnson and Joe Perry and halfback Hugh McElhenny.

Tittle was traded to the New York Giants in 1961 while the 49ers decided to shift the starting quarterback position to John Brodie. Tittle wound up having some of his biggest success with the Giants as he was named NFL MVP at age 37 in 1963, set single-season records for passing touchdowns in 1962 (33) and 1963 (36) and tied a record in 1962 for most touchdown passes (seven) in a single game.

Tittle retired following the 1964 season and finished his NFL career with 28,339 passing yards, 212 touchdowns and 221 interceptions along with 999 rushing yards and 33 rushing touchdowns. Tittle's career passing yards as touchdowns as well as his pass attempts (3,817), pass completions (2,118), total offense (29,338) and games played (176) statistics were NFL records at the time of his retirement.

Tittle was named to seven Pro Bowls, won first-team All-Pro honors four times, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971. Tittle is also a member of San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame and the New York Giants Ring of Honor, and his jersey number, 14, is one of twelve to have been retired by the Giants.

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