YA Tittle, Hall of Fame quarterback and Giants legend, dead at 90

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Proving he wasn't done yet, he went on to win an MVP award while also leading the league in various passing categories in 1962 and 1963.

Y.A. Tittle attends a 2014 LSU football game. In 1957, Tittle led the NFL with 176 pass completions, which nearly seems absurd when you realize that only one other player in the league that year completed more than 140 passes. The Giants retired his No. 14 immediately after his career ended and became a charter member of the New York Giants Ring of Honor in 2010.

Tittle played for the Baltimore Colts, San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants in a 17-season career from 1948 to 1964 during which he played in seven Pro Bowls.

Of the main 20 passing exhibitions in National Football League history, just two of them occurred before 1980 and Tittle's amusement against the Redskins was one of them.

Most LSU fans today weren't alive when Y.A. Tittle was running the Tigers' offense from 1944 to 1947, but not many before or since have done as good of a job as Tittle. Tittle told ESPN.com as of late that he wasn't a colossal enthusiast of the photograph.

Tittle never won a championship but was shown in an iconic photo taken by Dozier Mobley during his final season in 1964.

Before turning professional, the Texas-born quarterback, born Yelberton Abraham Tittle on October 24, 1926, played college football at Louisiana State University.

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