LSU Honors Y.A. Tittle

LSU Honors Y.A. Tittle

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Original Story from the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

The late, great Y.A. Tittle passed away this past week, but he still has a place in the LSU locker room.

The former Tigers and NFL star quarterback had his own locker set up ahead of LSU's showdown with Auburn on Saturday. A retro jersey, pants, helmet and cleats were hung in the locker, under a nameplate complete with an image. 

LSU shared an image of the setup on Friday.

Tittle, who was 90, died of natural causes at a hospital in Palo Alto, California, on Sunday. Tittle, who played 10 of his 17 professional seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, lived in nearby Atherton, California.

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971, joining the late Steve Van Buren (1965) from LSU. Former Green Bay Packers fullback Jimmy Taylor, who was inducted in 1976, remains as the only living Pro Football Hall of Famers from LSU.

Tittle was inducted into the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1948, just one year after completing his college career.

Known as “The Bald Eagle’’ for his lack of hair — which he began losing in college — throughout his pro career with the Baltimore Colts of the All-American Football Conference, the 49ers and New York Giants of the NFL, Tittle was a two-time NFL MVP, three-time first-team All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowl pick.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron opened his weekly news conference Monday by mentioning Tittle's passing.

"First of all, I'd like to send our thoughts and prayers to the family of Y.A. Tittle," Orgeron said. "Great player, even better man, who was loved by LSU. One of the toughest guys to play the quarterback position.

"He'll be sorely missed."

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