|Posted on 10/9/2017 5:18:00 PM.|
Former L-S-U and N-F-L star Y.A.Tittle 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.…
"I was supposed to enroll at the University of Texas on a Monday morning, and Red Swanson the head coach and Slick Martin the back field coach, drove into Austin all the way from Baton Rouge. Took me out for breakfast and stole me away", Tittle said in an interview with Louisiana Radio Network's Jim Engster.
Tittle played in one of the strangest bowl games, the 1947 Cotton Bowl which L-S-U and Arkansas played to a scoreless tied. It has since been called the Ice Bowl.
"It was so cold, you cannot believe it. Your feet were frozen, you couldn't stand up. You are out on a frozen field with your cleats on. You took two steps and you would slip and fall. It was a miserable day," Tittle said.
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.
"At the last second, I shifted the ball to my left hand to stiff arm and when I turned away my pants went to my knees and I tripped on the 18 yard line. The headline in the Baton Rouge newspaper said LSU lost the Sugar Bowl and Tittle lost his pants."
Late in his professional career, he played for the New York Giants, leading them to Eastern Conference titles in 1961, 62 and 63, and throwing 86 touchdown passes. He also played three years for the Baltimore Colts and ten seasons for the San Francisco 49ers.
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