Y.A. TITTLE

Y.A. TITTLE

Class of 1971
Quarterback >>> 6-0, 192
(Louisiana State)
1948-1950 Baltimore Colts (AAFC/NFL), 1951-1960 San Francisco 49ers, 1961-1964 New York Giants

Yelberton Abraham Tittle  ...  AAFC Rookie of Year, 1948  ...  Joined 49ers in 1951 after Colts disbanded  ...  Career record: 2,427 completions, 33,070 yards, 242 TDs, 13 games over 300 yards passing  ...  Paced 1961, 1962, 1963 Giants to division titles  ...  Threw 33 TD passes in 1962, 36 in 1963  ...  NFL's Most Valuable Player/Player of the Year, 1961, 1962, 1963  ... All-NFL, 1957, 1961, 1962, 1963 ... Elected to seven Pro Bowls  ...  Born October 24, 1926, in Marshall, Texas.

Y.A. Tittle played 17 seasons of pro football. He played three seasons with the Baltimore Colts of the All-America Football Conference (1947-1949) and one with the Colts in the National Football League (1950).

He played 10 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and a final four seasons with the New York Giants. Although Tittle had excellent personal statistics while playing for the Colts and 49ers, the one thing that eluded him was a championship.

Then, in 1961, when Tittle was traded to New York, it looked like his fate would change. The Giants were contenders. However, when he joined the team, he was about as welcome as a bill collector. The Giants were a veteran, close-knit group, proud of their past successes. They knew that Tittle would be battling a team favorite, 40-year-old Charley Conerly, for the quarterback job. The Giants may have feigned cordiality to their new teammate but, for weeks, "Yat” was the loneliest guy in town.

When the 1961 season started, Tittle and Conerly shared the quarterbacking duties but as the Giants moved nearer to the NFL Eastern Division crown, it became more and more evident that Tittle was the guy making it all possible. By the time he was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player, the cold-shoulder treatment from the Giants had long since evaporated.

In 1962, Tittle played even better with 33 touchdown passes and a career-high 3,224 yards. A year later, his TD figure went up to 36; he completed 60.2 percent of his passes, and again was named NFL Player of the Year. A terrific competitor who was always willing to play "hurt,” Tittle led the Giants to divisional titles in 1961, 1962, and 1963. Even though they failed to win the overall NFL crown, those were the "glory years" in New York when Tittle was at the helm.

Year
Team
G
Att.
Comp.
Pct.
Yds.
TD
Int.
Rating
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1948 Baltimore (AAFC) 14 289 161 55.7 2522 16 9 90.3 52 157 3.0 4
1949 Baltimore (AAFC) 11 289 148 51.2 2209 14 18 66.8 29 89 3.1 2
1950 Baltimore
12
315
161
51.1
1884
8
19
52.9
20
77
3.9
2
1951 San Francisco
12
114
63
55.3
808
8
9
68.2
13
18
1.4
1
1952 San Francisco
12
208
106
51.0
1407
11
12
66.3
11
-11
-1.0
0
1953 San Francisco
11
259
149
57.5
2121
20
16
84.1
14
41
2.9
6
1954 San Francisco
12
295
170
57.6
2205
9
9
78.7
28
68
2.4
4
1955 San Francisco
12
287
147
51.2
2185
17
28
56.6
23
114
5.0
0
1956 San Francisco
10
218
124
56.9
1641
7
12
68.6
24
67
2.8
4
1957 San Francisco
12
279
176
63.1
2157
13
15
80.0
40
220
5.5
6
1958 San Francisco
11
208
120
57.7
1467
9
15
63.9
22
35
1.6
2
1959 San Francisco
11
199
102
51.3
1331
10
15
58.0
11
24
2.2
0
1960 San Francisco
9
127
69
54.3
694
4
3
70.8
10
61
6.1
0
1961 New York (N.F.L.)
13
285
163
57.2
2272
17
12
85.3
25
85
3.4
3
1962 New York (N.F.L.)
14
375
200
53.3
3224
33
20
89.5
17
108
6.4
2
1963 New York (N.F.L.)
13
367
221
60.2
3145
36
14
104.8
18
99
5.5
2
1964 New York (N.F.L.)
14
281
147
52.3
1798
10
22
51.6
15
-7
-0.5
1
Career Total
178
3817
2118
55.5
28339
212
221
73.6
291
999
3.4
33
Additional Career Statistics: Receiving: 1-4

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