Y.A. Tittle, the Hall of Fame quarterback and celebrated former signal-caller for the Colts, 49ers and Giants, passed away Sunday night. Tittle led an offense that featured three future Hall of Fame running backs - Hugh McElhenny, Joe Perry and John Henry Johnson - in what was known as the "Million Dollar Backfield".
Y.A. Tittle Avenue off of Bob Petit Boulevard, near LSU's campus, was also named in his honor.
Over his pro career, Tittle was selected to seven Pro Bowls (1953, 1954, 1957, 1959, 1961-1963) and was a four-time First-team All-Pro (1957, 1961-1963). Before the 1961 season, Tittle's value was so low that the 49ers traded the 34-year-old QB to the Giants for a rookie offensive lineman (Lou Cordileone).
Despite the fact that things didn't work out for the Colts, they worked out for Tittle, who might go ahead to end up noticeably one of the NFL's best players over the last 14 periods of his vocation. Tittle is pictured sitting on the field, spent and exhausted after throwing an interception.
Tittle ended up retiring after the 1964 season with 33,070 career yards and 242 career touchdown passes. In 1962 and 1963 he led the National Football League in touchdown passes and was named All-Pro each season, at ages 36 and 37.
Tittle had memory problems later in life related to dementia. 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.
Tittle was named the league MVP in 1963.