Niners Draft History – 1951


Yelberton Abraham (Y.A.) Tittle was selected with the 3rd overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers as a Quarterback out of LSU. However, Tittle struggled for playing time through 1960 as he had to compete with Frankie Albert and John Brodie (more on him in the coming days). In 1961, Brodie would get traded to the New York Giants and that is where he showed what he was made of as the Giants would win division titles in 1961, 1962, and 1963. He threw for 33 touchdown passes in 1962, and 36 touchdowns in 1963, which was a record at the time (Dan Marino broke it in 1984). He was the first quarterback to throw for at least 30 touchdowns in consecutive seasons. He was a 7 time Pro Bowl selection and 4 time All-Pro selection. Tittle won the NFL’s MVP award in 1961, as well as in 1963. He retired after a disappointing 1964 season. Tittle would never win a championship during his playing days. The Giants had lost all three of their titles game between 1961 and 1963. Over his career, he would amass 2,427 completions for 33,070 yards and had 242 touchdowns. He also threw for over 300 yards 13 times. Tittle was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 31, 1971. The Giants have retired his #14 jersey. He currently owns Y.A. Tittle Insurance & Financial Services.

1 Comment on "Niners Draft History – 1951"

  1. DJ Boursiquot | March 22, 2010 at 8:55 am | Reply

    I made a mistake in the summary. “In 1961, Brodie would get traded to the New York Giants…”. It should instead be, “In 1961, Titt;e would get traded to the New York Giants…”

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