By JAMES MORAN | Tiger Rag Associate Editor
The LSU football family lost one of its legendary forerunners.
Former LSU quarterback and NFL Hall-of-Famer Y.A. Tittle passed away early Monday morning, the school confirmed. He was 90.
Tittle is one of three former Tigers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, where he was inducted in 1971. The late Steve Van Buren and Jimmy Taylor—LSU’s only living member of the hall—are the other two to be enshrined in Canton.
Tittle left LSU with a number of school records, including: 166 completions for 2,525 yards and 23 touchdowns, records that stood until Bert Jones surpassed them years later. He won the Cotton Bowl MVP in 1947 and was twice named First Team All-SEC.
As a professional, he was “Player of the Year” in two of his last four seasons in the NFL, and directed the Giants to three consecutive conference titles. He finished his NFL career with 33,070 yards and 242 touchdowns. He’s one of eight players to ever throw seven touchdowns in a single game.
Though the game has changed immensely since Tittle’s days in Tiger Town — for instance, 23 touchdown passes is now a figure regularly duplicated in a single season — he’s still regarded as one of the standard bearers for the position.
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) October 9, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the great Tiger Y.A. Tittle. The definition of toughness, and a gentleman. He will be missed
— Coach Ed Orgeron (@Coach_EdOrgeron) October 9, 2017
— Marcus Spears (@mspears96) October 9, 2017