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Hall of Fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle, a former LSU star, dies at 90

Y.A. Tittle
COURTESY OF LSU ATHLETICS

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle, one of the legends of LSU football, has died at age 90.

LSU’s athletic department made the announcement Monday morning.

The cause of death was not specified.

Tittle played for the Tigers from 1944-47 under coach Bernie Moore, helping LSU reach the Cotton Bowl and twice winning All-SEC honors.

He also excelled in the pro ranks, playing three years for the Baltimore Colts, 10 years for the San Francisco 49ers and four for the New York Giants and earning Pro Bowl selections seven times.

Tittle was named NFL MVP in 1963, when he passed for a then-record 36 touchdowns at the age of 37. He is also one of eight NFL quarterbacks to throw seven touchdown passes in a game.

He belongs to an exclusive list of three LSU members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, along with running backs Jim Taylor and Steve Van Buren.

Yelberton Abraham Tittle Jr. grew up in Marshall, Texas, and chose LSU over Texas for college ball. Tittle was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971, and his jersey number 14 is retired by the Giants.

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