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Y.A. Tittle

Catching Up With former Baltimore Colts QB Y.A. Tittle

Catching Up With former Baltimore Colts QB Y.A. Tittle

He was Baltimore's first football star, an oddly named quarterback on a motley Colts team that boasted his strong arm but little else. For three years, Yelberton Abraham (Y.A.) Tittle led the club, won fans' hearts and even got his face plastered on the wrappers of Koester's Bread.

Then the Colts disbanded, in 1951, and Tittle was gone — first to the San Francisco 49ers and then to the New York Giants in a 17-year Hall of Fame career that was launched here. Though best known for his success elsewhere, Tittle, 84, still embraces his Baltimore roots.

"My first Colts' coach (Cecil Isbell) inspired me to become what I am — a great forward passer," Tittle said...

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