Lou Cordileone
No. 51, 74, 79
Personal information
Born: (1937-08-04) August 4, 1937 (age 85)
Jersey City, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Union City (NJ) St. Michael's
NFL Draft:1960 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
AFL Draft:1960 / Round: 1 / Pick: First Selections
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Louis Anthony Cordileone (born August 4, 1937) is a former American football offensive lineman, primarily guard, who in nine years played six seasons[1] in the National Football League, for five different teams. He played college football at Clemson and was drafted in the first round (twelfth overall) of the 1960 NFL Draft.[citation needed].

Cordileone is best known for being traded in 1961 from the New York Giants to the San Francisco 49ers for quarterback Y. A. Tittle.[2][3] At the time, Tittle was 34 years old and a 4-time Pro Bowler. Cordileone was quoted as reacting "Me, even up for Y. A. Tittle? You're kidding",[4] and later remarked that the Giants traded him for "a 42-year-old quarterback".[5]

His stay in San Francisco was short-lived, as he went to the Rams in 1962, where he played only 2 games, before moving to Pittsburgh, playing 26 games until the end of the 1963 season. After a 3-year hiatus, he joined the expansion team New Orleans Saints for their first two seasons, 1967 and 1968, as offensive guard and defensive tackle. In his last season, he fumbled once, and returned an interception for 7 yards, after having recovered three fumbles in his first two pro seasons.

In 2013 Cordileone starred in the TV Land reality show Forever Young.[6]


  1. ^ "Countdown to Saints Kickoff: A History of No. 79". Canal Street Chronicles. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "Y.A. Tittle, NFL legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer, dies at age 90". CBSSports.com. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  3. ^ Spander, Art. "Y.A. Tittle was the very portrait of a certain time and..." The Athletic. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  4. ^ Fimrite, Ron (September 2, 1996). "49ers Quarterback Y. A. Tittle November 22, 1954". Sports Illustrated. 35 (10). Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  5. ^ Wentworth, Bridget (September 22, 2009). "Tittle didn't want Giants trade". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  6. ^ "Forever Young : Official Website : TV Land : Laugh More". Archived from the original on February 18, 2013. Retrieved February 17, 2013.