Former 49ers QB YA Tittle passes away at age 90

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Pro Football Hall of Fame member and former LSU star Y.A. Tittle has died, LSU announced on Monday. He was born in Marshall, Texas, played college football at LSU, and had been living in Atherton, California since retiring from the NFL. He was one of two players in National Football League history to throw for 500 yards and seven touchdowns in a game (Drew Brees, 2015).

When Tittle left San Francisco, he went to NY to play for the Giants for the last four seasons of his career.


Known as "The Bald Eagle" for his receding hairline, Tittle won the NFL MVP award in 1963 while tossing a then-record 36 touchdown passes in a season.

Tittle played for the AFL Baltimore Colts and NFL San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants during his professional career and led the Giants to three straight division titles in the early 1960s.


Tittle quarterbacked the Tigers for two seasons, running the T-formation, and leading LSU to a record of 16-3-1 during those two seasons. 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 retired following the 1964 season with 28,339 yards passing, 212 touchdowns and 221 interceptions.


Tittle had memory problems later in life related to dementia. Both numbers have stood the test of time.

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