In the latest NFL news update Hall of Famer, Y.A Tittle, who won the league MVP award in 1963, died on Sunday at the age of 90. According to ESPN, Tittle’s family confirmed he died at Stanford Hospital near his home in California.
Tittle played for 17 seasons, beginning his career in 1948 with the Baltimore Colts of the All-America Football Conference, and finishing it with the NFL’s New York Giants.
Tittle also spent 10 years with the San Francisco 49ers, but the best years of his career were spent with the New York Giants, a team he led to three division titles in four years at the tail end of his career.
Even though he n ever won a championship, Tittle personified the toughness of football players thanks to a photograph taken during his final season in 1964.
The picture caught Tittle kneeling in exhaustion, after throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown, with blood dripping down his face from a gash in his head.
Tittle was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1971. During his MVP season in 1963, Tittle threw 36 passes, which were the most in a regular season until Dan Marino threw 48 in 1984. He was also one of eight players to throw seven touchdowns in a game.
When he retired, Tittle owned the records for most passing yards and passing touchdowns in a career.
Tittle, who played collegiately at LSU, led the Tigers to the Cotton Bowl before being drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1948. Instead of playing for the Lions, Tittle decided to join the Baltimore Colts in the AAFC, where he played until 1950, when they joined the NFL.
The Colts were temporarily disbanded for a year and Tittle was drafted by the 49ers, which had also played in the AAFC.
The 49ers issued a statement after Tittle’s death was announced.
“The San Francisco 49ers organization and our Faithful fans have lost a dear member of our family,” 49ers CEO Jed York said in the statement. “Y.A. Tittle will forever hold a special place in not only 49ers history but that of the National Football League. His individual accomplishments speak for themselves, but as a member of the ‘Million Dollar Backfield’ he was part of one of the most storied offensive attacks the game of football has ever seen.”