Football Legend, Hall of Famer YA Tittle Dies, 90

Pro Football Hall of Fame member and former LSU star Y.A. Tittle has died, LSU announced on Monday.

The sports information department at LSU, Tittle's alma mater, confirmed his passing, noting that the National Football League icon was peacefully surrounded by family and friends.

His No. 14 jersey is retired by the New York Giants, and his record of seven touchdown passes in a single game still stands to this day (though it has been tied a couple of times).

The Detroit Lions selected Tittle with the sixth choice in the 1948 NFL Draft, but he signed with the upstart All-American Football Conference's Baltimore Colts, joining the NFL when the team did in 1950.

Over his career, Tittle passed for 28,339 yards with 212 touchdowns and 221 interceptions.

Tittle led the New York Giants to three straight Eastern Division titles from 1961 through 1963.

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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's final season in 1964 is mostly remembered as the year he ended up in one of the most iconic photos of all-time: A bloodied Tittle kneeled on the field after throwing a pick-six.

Tittle had memory problems later in life related to dementia.

Seven years after Tittle resigned, he was enlisted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1971).

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


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