Y. A. Tittle

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Yelberton Abraham Tittle Jr. (October 24, 1926 – October 8, 2017), better known as Y. A. Tittle, was an American professional American football quarterback. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for the San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, and Baltimore Colts, after spending two seasons with the Colts in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC).[1]

Tittle was the subject of a famous photograph of himself published in 1964.[2] Tittle, in his 17th and final season, was photographed helmet-less, bloodied and kneeling immediately after having been knocked to the ground and lost a game, which Tittle described as "The end of the road".[3]

Tittle was born in Marshall, Texas.[4] He studied at Louisiana State University. He was married to Minnette Tittle until her death in 2012. They have one daughter, Dianne. Tittle suffered from a severe case of dementia.[5] He died at his home in Stanford, California from the disease on October 8, 2017 at the age of 90.[6]

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  1. Finney, Peter (November 18, 2009). "Quarterback Y.A. Tittle made it look easy, even if it wasn't". The Times Picayune. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  2. Shapiro, Michael (February 2007). "Fallen Giant". Smithsonian Magazine. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/people-places/fallen-giant-144796136/?all. Retrieved May 21, 2016. 
  3. Crowe, Jerry (January 28, 2008). "It turned out to be the biggest snap of his career". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  4. "Tiger Den Archives – IX". goldenrankings.com. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  5. Wickersham, Seth (July 15, 2014). "Awakening The Giant". ESPN The Magazine. http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/11214487/hall-fame-quarterback-ya-tittle-takes-final-trip-home-espn-magazine/. Retrieved May 21, 2016. 
  6. Y.A. Tittle, star LSU and NFL quarterback, has died

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