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LSU legend YA Tittle dead at 90

10 October 2017
LSU legend YA Tittle dead at 90

Hall of Fame quarterback and former Giants great Y.A. Tittle died at the age of 90 on Sunday, according to multiple reports.

Tittle's death was confirmed to his alma mater LSU by his family on Monday. Tittle was suffering from severe dementia. Tittle held the single-season record for touchdown passes for 21 years until it was broken by Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino, who threw for 48 in 1984. He was selected by the Detroit Lions in the first round of the 1948 draft. He then went on to play an incredible 17 National Football League seasons, earning a Pro Bowl berth seven times.

Tittle was part of the famous "Million Dollar Backfield", which consisted of himself, fullback Joe Perry, and halfbacks Hugh McElhenny and John Henry Johnson.

A seven-time Pro Bowl selection and a three-time All-Pro pick, Tittle was chosen as the NFL's MVP in 1957 and 1962 by UPI and in 1963 by The Associated Press. Proving he wasn't done yet, he went on to win an MVP award while also leading the league in various passing categories in 1962 and 1963.

Tittle was the first professional football player to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Tittle never won a championship but was shown in an iconic photo taken by Dozier Mobley during his final season in 1964.

At age 34, no one would've been surprised if Tittle's career went downhill in NY, but that's not what happened. The feature of his vocation in Baton Rouge was a 1946 season where he drove the Tigers to a 9-1-1 record and a Cotton Bowl appearance.