On Sunday night, sports legend Y.A. Tittle died from health complications. The New York Giants and Louisiana State University famous quarterback was 90-years-old.
After playing football at a collegiate level, Tittle went on to complete 17 seasons of pro football. His career began in 1948 with the All-America Football Conference's Baltimore Colts.
After playing for the Colts, Tittle completed 10 seasons with the San Fransisco 49ers and then moved on to the New York Giants. During his four years with the Giants, he led the team to three division titles.
According to ESPN, Tittle was known as "The Bald Eagle" for his leadership skills and prematurely receding hairline. He also "came to personify the competitive spirit of football," particularly when the iconic image below was captured.
The photo was taken at the end of the 1964 championship when Tittle threw the football for an interception that turned into a touchdown for the other team. The photo became an iconic symbol of football. Yahoo Sports reported that as of 2007, it was one of only three images that were hung in the lobby of the National Press Photographers Association headquarters in North Carolina.
In 1971, Tittle was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. One of his most notable seasons was in 1963 when he threw 36 touchdown passes, setting the record for the most touchdown passes in a season. He won the NFL MVP award that year.
During his career, he passed for 33,070 yards and 242 touchdowns. 13 of those passes were 300-yard passing games, which was particularly impressive because the rushing game dominated football at that time.
The superstar was the only quarterback of his day to throw at least 30 touchdown passes in back-to-back seasons. Additionally, he is one of only eight players who has thrown for seven touchdowns in a single game.
In his later life, Tittle had memory problems related to dementia. In one of his final interviews, Tittle admitted that while he was playing in the NFL, he did not realize that he was a very good football player.
After a long and successful life and career, the legendary athlete passed away. The LSU deputy athletic director confirmed Tittle's death. He said that the athlete died surrounded by his family and that his official cause of death is undetermined.
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