Former Louisiana State University and National Football League star Yelberton Abraham Tittle Jr. has passed away at the age of 90. Tittle played for the Tigers during the mid-1940s and set five records, including passing yards in a career, touchdown passes and total offense. In a 2008 interview with our own Jim Engster, the Marshall, Texas native explained how he ended up at LSU
Tittle played in one of the strangest bowl games, the 1947 Cotton Bowl which LSU and Arkansas played to a scoreless tied. It has since been called the Ice Bowl
Tittle’s belt buckle is a part of LSU lore. Tittle tells of a time when players wore regular belts and after a player tried to tackle him in a game, almost losing his pants and then losing the chance to play in the Sugar Bowl
Late in his professional career, he played for the New York Giants, leading them to Eastern Conference titles in 1961, 1962 and 1963, and throwing 86 touchdown passes. He also played three years for the Baltimore Colts and ten seasons for the San Francisco 49’ers.