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NFL Legend YA Tittle Dies at Age 90

NFL Legend YA Tittle Dies at Age 90

The quarterback, along with all of his former teammates, became eligible for the 1951 NFL Draft and the 49ers selected him with the third overall pick. However, Tittle never actually played for the Lions because he made a decision to start his career on the East Coast with the Baltimore Colts of the AAFL. He spent three seasons there until the Colts franchise folded.

Tittle was the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers' "Million-Dollar Backfield" in the 1950s, and he and wide receiver R.C. Owens developed the alley-oop pass there.

Before Tittle entered the National Football League, he was LSU's all-time leader in completions (162), passing yards (2,525) and passing touchdowns (23), records that stood until the 1970s.

After the 1957 season, Tittle's number slowly began to slide over the next three years, which led the 49ers to believe his career was over.

Some on Twitter commented on Tittle's greatness and suggested he was disheartened by the current Giants' dismal season.

Amid those three seasons, Tittle was doing things that you once in a while observe now. He was born in Marshall, Texas, played college football at LSU, and had been living in Atherton, California since retiring from the NFL.

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.

Tittle was a star quarterback at LSU and earned first-team All-SEC selections in 1946 and 1947. It came right after Tittle had thrown an interception and he was hit hard on the play. Tittle was suffering from severe dementia. Tittle told ESPN.com as of late that he wasn't a colossal enthusiast of the photograph.

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. The two numbers have stood the trial of time.

Tittle was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.


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