Y.A. Tittle, the strong-armed quarterback who led the New York Giants to the brink of championships in 1961, 1962 and 1963 at the back end of a 17 -season Hall of Fame career, has died. He was 90.
Tittle croaked Sunday night at Stanford Hospital near his home in Atherton, California, according to the Associated Press.
In his three seasons with the Baltimore Colts, 10 with the San Francisco 49 ers and four with the Giants, Tittle never acquired a National Football League championship, though he came close.
Starting in 1961, with Tittle at the helm, the Giants triumphed three consecutive Eastern Division claims before losing each year’s championship competition — twice to the Green Bay Packers, once to the Chicago Bears.
In 1964, Tittle, 38, returned for one last-place try. The Whale triumphed really two of 14 games that season, finishing last in their discord. The team’s strives, and Tittle’s, were captured in one of sport’s most famous photographs, which shows a stunned Tittle on his knees on the gras of Pittsburgh’s Pitt Stadium, blood oozing down his bald-pated intelligence, after he was sacked by the Steelers’ John Baker.
” That was the end of the road ,” Tittle said of the photograph in a 2008 interrogation with the Los Angeles Times.” It was the end of my nightmare. It was over .”
He exposed a simulate of the picture in the Mountain View, California, agency of Y.A. Tittle Insurance& Financial Business, the house he led during and after his football busines, the newspaper reported. Under his son, John, the house became San Jose-based Y.A. Tittle Insurance Service.
Known for contributing to the rise of football’s legislating criticize, Tittle defined an NFL record with 33 touchdown extends in 1962, then broke the record with 36 the next season.
” Football is all about go, and guiding is what I do best ,” Tittle stated in his 2009 memoir,” Nothing Comes Easy ,” written with Kristine Setting Clark.
Tittle had” a gun for an appendage ,” Frank Gifford, another Giants Hall of Famer, said in a preamble to the book.” He too had a sidearm give that payed his passes a unique path, a ball that often has now come to you as a blur out of the line of scrimmage .”
Yelberton Abraham Tittle was born on Oct. 24, 1926, and raised in Marshall, Texas, one of five children of Abe Tittle, a postman, and his wife, the former Alma Allen, according to a memoir by Tittle’s daughter, Dianne Tittle de Laet.
After performing as a tailback for the Marshall High School Mavericks, Tittle represented quarterback at Louisiana State University from 1945 to 1948. He was named LSU’S outstanding player in the 1947 Cotton Bowl Classic, which was played in an frost commotion and ended in a scoreless hold between LSU and the University of Arkansas.
He married his high-school sweetheart, the former Minnette DeLoach, in 1948, just as his working career was beginning. They would have four children.
With the San Francisco 49 ers, he was part of what was known as the so-called billion dollars backfield of four future Hall of Famers: Tittle, plus running back Joe Perry, Hugh McElhenny and John Henry Johnson. In 1954, Tittle grew the first professional football participate to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated, then a 3-month-old publication.
The closest Tittle came to a championship in San Francisco was in 1957, when the 49 ers finished the regular season with eight winnings and four loss, confined with the Lions atop the Western Division. In a playoff game, the Lions roared back from a 27 -7 deficiency to prevail the contest.
Before the 1961 season, San Francisco sold its 35 -year-old quarterback to the Giants.
” You try to whistle in the dark when a act like this happens, but you can’t reassure yourself it doesn’t hurt ,” Tittle wrote in an 1965 essay for Sports Illustrated.” For the first time in my football life I was not needed .”
As it turned out, the commerce boosted Tittle’s career.
With Tittle outplaying Charlie Conerly as the team’s quarterback, the Giants departed 10 -3 in 1961, with one tie, winning the Eastern Division before being routed by Vince Lombardi’s Packers, 37 -0, in the championship game.
In 1962, Tittle’s 33 touchdown proceeds facilitated the Whale post a 12 -2 chronicle. They again won the East before again losing to the Packers, 16 -7. In 1963, as he hurled 36 touchdown passes, the Giant went 11 -3 before failing the championship, 14 -1 0, to the Bears.
Tittle said he had decided that 1964 “wouldve been” his final season even before that year’s loss and been hit left him battered.
” You can’t last-place eternally ,” he wrote for Sports Illustrated,” and 17 times is just about as close to perpetually as you can get in this recreation .”