Legendary LSU QB YA Tittle passes away at age of 90

Arnold Nichols
October 10, 2017

He tossed 242 touchdowns, leading the league three times, in 1955, 1962 and 1963.

News of Tittle's death was passed along by the sports information department at his alma mater, LSU. 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.

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 was a superstar quarterback whose pro career spanned 17 seasons with the Baltimore Colts, San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants.

Tittle played at LSU from 1944 through 1947 as the Tigers' first T-formation quarterback. 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.


The picture came after a play where Tittle was hit so hard that he suffered a concussion and a cracked sternum. Tittle told ESPN.com as of late that he wasn't a colossal enthusiast of the photograph.

The photo was taken in 1964, Tittle's last season, by Morris Berman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Even though the National Football League has changed its rules to encourage more passing, both of Tittle's numbers still rank in the top-35 of all-time.

In the pros, Tittle once threw for 505 yards and 7 touchdowns in a single game - lofty numbers even by today's pass-happy standard.

Tittle was named the MVP of an amusement that finished in a 0-0 tie with Arkansas.

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