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1956 Topps #86 Y.A. Tittle card.

SKU: Y.A. Tittle #86 $19.95
Yelberton Abraham Tittle (born October 24 1926) better known as Y. A. Tittle is a former football quarterback in the National Football League and All-America Football Conference who played for the Baltimore Colts San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971. Tittle was the sixth overall selection of the 1948 NFL Draft taken by the Detroit Lions. He was the second quarterback drafted following Bobby Layne of Texas (Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Lujack of Notre Dame was selected in the 1946 draft.) Tittle began his career with the Baltimore Colts of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) in 1948: the Colts joined the NFL in 1950 but became defunct after that season. Tittle joined the San Francisco 49ers in 1951 and stayed for ten seasons often struggling for playing time. In 1951 and 1952 Frankie Albert also played quarterback extensively and then from 1957 through 1960 John Brodie took time on the field away from Tittle. In mid-August 1961 the 49ers traded the 34-year-old Tittle to the New York Giants for second-year guard Lou Cordileone. (Cordileone the 12th overall pick in the 1960 NFL Draft was quoted as reacting ''Me even up for Y.A. Tittle? You're kidding'' and later said angrily that the Giants traded him for ''a 42-year-old quarterback.'') Tittle went on to lead the Giants to three straight Eastern Division titles part of a team that featured such great players as Del Shofner Aaron Thomas Joe Walton Frank Gifford Alex Webster Dick Lynch Jimmy Patton Roosevelt Brown Andy Robustelli Sam Huff Erich Barnes and Joe Morrison. Tittle threw seven touchdown passes on October 28 1962 in a 49 34 win over the Washington Redskins. In 1963 he set what was then an NFL record by throwing 36 touchdown passes. All told Tittle threw a grand total of 86 touchdown passes from 1961 1963. According to pro football historian T.J. Troup 80 of those touchdowns came in Giants victories and only 6 came in games the team lost. The following year in 1964 Tittle's final season the Giants were a dismal 2 10 2 (.214) the worst record in the 14-team league. Tittle's performance fell from 36 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 1963 to 10 touchdowns and 22 interceptions in 1964 and he retired after the season. Tittle was the first professional football player featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated on its fifteenth issue dated November 22 1954. His second cover was with the Giants in November 1961 and he was on the season preview issue of 1964 a two-page fold-out photo from the 1963 title game. Following his retirement Tittle was on a fourth SI cover in August 1965.