Pro Football Hall of Famer Yelberton Abraham (Y.A.) Tittle has died at 90 years old.
A spokesperson for LSU Athletics says that Tittle, a native of Marshall, Tx., passed away overnight.
In spite of the fact that Tittle never won a title with the Giants - he went 0-3 in the National Football League title amusement between 1961-63 - he cemented his inheritance as extraordinary compared to other quarterbacks to ever play.
Tittle was the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers' "Million-Dollar Backfield" in the 1950s, and he and wide receiver R.C. Owens developed the alley-oop pass there.
Tittle was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971, and his No. 14 jersey is retired by the Giants.
News of Tittle's death was passed along by the sports information department at his alma mater, LSU. However, Tittle never actually played for the Lions because he made a decision to start his career on the East Coast with the Baltimore Colts of the AAFL.
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. Tittle is pictured sitting on the field, spent and exhausted after throwing an interception.
The photo was taken in 1964, Tittle's last season, by Morris Berman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The picture came after a play where Tittle was hit so hard that he suffered a concussion and a cracked sternum. 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. The highlight of his career in Baton Rouge was a 1946 season where he led the Tigers to a 9-1-1 record and a Cotton Bowl appearance.
Tittle was named the league MVP in 1963.