Former Patriots QB Vito 'Babe' Parilli passed away at age of 87

16 July, 2017, 03:18 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • Patriots great Babe Parilli dies at 87

One of the great Kentucky quarterbacks, Vito "Babe" Parilli, has died at the age of 87, according to a release by the New England Patriots.

Parilli lettered three years at quarterback for the Wildcats and set Kentucky records for touchdowns with 50, leading United Kingdom to wins over Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl and TCU in the Cotton Bowl. As a member of the AFL franchise, Parilli played in 94 games, was voted to three AFL All-Star games and won the AFL's Comeback Player of the Year Award in 1966. He earned consensus All-American honors in 1950 and 1951 and led the Wildcats to victories in the 1951 Sugar Bowl and 1952 Cotton Bowl. He was an All-American in 1950 and 1951. Both Parilli and Namath played under coach Bear Bryant in college, Parilli at Kentucky, and Namath at Alabama.

The Packers made Parilli the fourth overall pick of the 1952 NFL draft, but he lasted just two seasons in Green Bay before heading north and playing for the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League.

Patriots great Babe Parilli dies at 87
Former Patriots QB Babe Parilli dies at age 87

Parilli threw for over 20,000 yards during his National Football League career and was voted to three AFL All-Star games. His 31 touchdown passes in 1964 stood as the Patriots' record until Tom Brady broke it in 2007. He was an AFL All-Star for the Patriots in '63, '64 and '66.

A Rochester, Pa., native, Parilli played seven seasons in the National Football League and one in the CFL before joining the AFL.

Parilli, who was born in Rochester, Pa., played his college football at Kentucky under the tutelage of legend Bear Bryant.

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