September 23, 2013

MVP Profile: Y.A. Tittle, 1962

Quarterback, New York Giants

Age:  36 (Oct. 24)
15th season in pro football, 13th in NFL and 2nd with Giants
College: LSU
Height: 6’0”   Weight: 195

While drafted by the NFL’s Detroit Lions in 1948, Tittle instead signed with the Baltimore Colts of the AAFC. He had an immediate impact, leading the league in yards per attempt (8.7) and throwing for 16 TDs against 9 interceptions. After another year in the AAFC, Tittle and the Colts joined the NFL in 1950, and he led the league in pass completions (161) although the team went a dismal 1-11 and folded. Picked up by the 49ers in ’51, he gradually took over from Frankie Albert as the starting quarterback and was selected to the Pro Bowl following the 1953, ’54, and ‘57 seasons. In 1957 the 49ers tied for first in the Western Conference and Tittle also received MVP consideration. He suffered through an injury-plagued season in 1958 and, and while he bounced back with a Pro Bowl year in ’59, by ’60 found himself in competition with the up-and-coming John Brodie. With Head Coach Red Hickey committing to a shotgun offense for 1961, Tittle was dealt to the New York Giants in the preseason and revived his career as he threw for 2272 yards and 17 TDs. The Giants topped the Eastern Conference and Tittle was selected for the Pro Bowl and received MVP recognition from the Newspaper Enterprise Association.

1962 Season Summary
Appeared in all 14 games
[Bracketed numbers indicate league rank in Top 20]

Attempts – 375 [3]
Most attempts, game – 42 vs. Dallas 12/16
Completions – 200 [3]
Most completions, game – 27 vs. Washington 10/28
Yards – 3224 [2]
Most yards, game – 505 vs. Washington 10/28
Completion percentage – 53.3 [9]
Yards per attempt – 8.6 [3, tied with Bart Starr]
TD passes – 33 [1]
Most TD passes, game – 7 vs. Washington 10/28
Interceptions – 20 [6, tied with Charley Johnson & Milt Plum]
Most interceptions, game – 3 at Cleveland 9/16, vs. Philadelphia 11/18
Passer rating – 89.5 [3]
500-yard passing games – 1
300-yard passing games – 4
200-yard passing games – 7

Attempts – 17
Most attempts, game – 3 (for -9 yds.) at Pittsburgh 9/30
Yards – 108
Most yards, game – 21 (on 1 att.) at St. Louis 10/7, (on 2 att.) vs. St. Louis 11/4
Yards per attempt – 6.4
TDs – 2

TDs - 2
Points – 12

Postseason: 1 G (NFL Championship vs. Green Bay)
Pass attempts – 41
Pass completions – 18
Passing yards – 197
TD passes – 0
Interceptions – 1

Awards & Honors:
NFL MVP: UPI, Sporting News
1st team All-NFL: AP, UPI, NEA
1st team All-Eastern Conference: Sporting News
Pro Bowl

Giants went 12-2 to finish first in the Eastern Conference while leading the NFL in total yards (5005). Lost NFL Championship to Green Bay Packers (16-7).

Tittle continued his success in 1963, breaking his own record for TD passes with 36, leading the league in passing, and receiving MVP, All-Pro, and Pro Bowl recognition once more. The Giants won the Eastern Conference for the third straight time, but still came up short in the title game against the Bears. The team collapsed in 1964, Tittle’s last season. He retired as NFL career leader in pass attempts (3817), completions (2118), and yards (28,339). The Giants retired his #14, and Tittle was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Class of 1971.


MVP Profiles feature players who were named MVP or Player of the Year in the NFL, AAFC (1946-49), AFL (1960-69), WFL (1974), or USFL (1983-85) by a recognized organization (Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association, Newspaper Enterprise Association, United Press International, The Sporting News, Maxwell Club – Bert Bell Award, or the league itself).