Y.A. Tittle Fischer’s Training Table Bread Commercial (NFL NY Giants) circa 1962
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New York Giants quarterback Y.A. Tittle is featured in this early 60’s TV commercial for Fischer’s Training Table Bread, “the official bread of the New York Giants.”
Public domain film from the Library of Congress Prelinger Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied.
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).
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…
Early years and college career
Born and raised in Marshall, Texas, Tittle played high school football at Marshall High School. He attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and played quarterback for the LSU Tigers. As a junior, Tittle was named the MVP of the legendary Cotton Bowl of January 1947, a scoreless tie in an ice storm between LSU and Arkansas.
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 was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1951 NFL draft after the Baltimore Colts folded and stayed for ten seasons. 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…
During Tittle’s Hall of Fame career he never won an NFL championship. The Giants, with Tittle, lost three consecutive title games in 1961, 1962 and 1963. The 1963 game was especially disappointing, as Tittle hurt his leg while the Giants lost to the Chicago Bears 14–10. In a 17-year career from 1948 through 1964, Tittle passed for 33,070 yards and 242 touchdowns, and twice received the NFL Most Valuable Player Award. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971. Tittle is the only post-war quarterback in the Hall of Fame who started but did not win a postseason game…
Tittle threw seven touchdown passes on October 28, 1962, which tied the all-time record for passing touchdowns in a single game set by Sid Luckman (1943) and followed by Adrian Burk (1954) and George Blanda (1961, AFL). The feat was later equaled by Joe Kapp (1969), Peyton Manning (2013), Nick Foles (2013) and Drew Brees (2015). Tittle, Manning, and Foles did it without an interception. Tittle was the first player in NFL history to throw 30 or more touchdown passes in consecutive seasons. His 36 touchdown passes in 1963 set a record which stood for over two decades, surpassed by Dan Marino in 1984…