The Giants engineered one of the best trades in their long history prior to the 1961 season when they sent guard Lou Cordileone to the San Francisco 49ers for Tittle. The then 35-year old Tittle promptly led the Giants to their 12th Eastern Division championship. Tittle played two seasons in the All-American Conference and 11 in the NFL before joining the Giants. In 1962, Tittle set an NFL record by throwing 33 touch-down passes and tied another mark with seven scoring throws in one game. Tittle had his greatest year as a pro in 1963, when he led the league in passing with 221 completions in 367 attempts for 3,145 yards. His 36 touchdown passes broke his own league mark and set a Giants record that still stands. Tittle's career totals include 2,427 completions, 33,070 yards, 242 touchdowns and 13 games with more than 300 yards passing. He was the NFL Player of the Year in 1957, when he led the 49ers to a tie for the Western Division title, and won the honor again in 1961 and 1963, as he took the Giants to Eastern championships. Tittle was named All-NFL in 1957, 1962 and 1963, and also played in six Pro Bowls. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.
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