Greatest 49ers of all time: No. 16 – Y.A. Tittle
Career Stats with 49ers: 16,016 passing yards, 108 passing touchdowns, 134 interceptions, 55.9 completion percentage, 70 passer rating, 196 carries, 637 rushing yards, 23 rushing touchdowns
It’s true that all of Y.A. Tittle’s time with the 49ers wasn’t great. Often splitting starts with other quarterbacks, the eventual Hall of Famer certainly had his struggles in San Francisco.
Then again, Tittle also enjoyed plenty of success in the Bay Area as well. As you can tell by the above stats, the gunslinger wasn’t afraid to toss around the pigskin. Many of his franchise records had stood for a long time before some of the 49ers’ eventual superstars arrived.
The knock I would put on Tittle is much of his best football came after he left San Francisco. During his days with the New York Giants, he was a bona fide star. I believe it was his overwhelming success in the Big Apple that led to his enshrinement in Canton.
Still, it all started with the ten years he spent with the 49ers. If it wasn’t for those many years of quality quarterbacking, he might have never had the opportunity to shine with the Giants.