New England Patriots Hall-of-Fame QB Vito 'Babe' Parilli dies

Ruben Hill
July 16, 2017

Former Boston Patriots quarterback Vito "Babe" Parilli died, according to a New England Patriots press release.

For his Jets career, Parilli played in 28 games, completing 43 of 79 passes for 539 yards, seven TDs and three INTs.

The fourth overall pick in the 1952 NFL draft, Parilli bounced around six franchises (five in the AFL/NFL and one in the CFL) during a career that spanned almost two decades.

A Rochester, Pa., native, Parilli played seven seasons in the National Football League and one in the CFL before joining the AFL. Parilli's playing career ended with the Jets, where he won a ring as Joe Namath's backup in Super Bowl III.

Parilli, who was born in Rochester, Pa., played his college football at Kentucky under the tutelage of legend Bear Bryant. 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. During his college years at the University of Kentucky, he was an All-American and two-time Heisman Trophy finalist in 1950 and 1951. He was also named to the All-AFL 10 Year Anniversary Team in 1971. He also set a franchise record for most touchdown passes in a season for the Patriots with 31 in 1964.

Playing for the Boston Patriots, Parilli become a three-time AFL All-Star. After taking the reigns of the Chicago Winds of the WFL, he spent time with the New England Steamrollers, Denver Dynamite, Charlotte Rage, Las Vegas Sting, Anaheim Piranhas and Florida Bobcats in the Arena Football League.

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