Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Vito 'Babe' Parilli, former Boston Patriots quarterback, dies at 87

Vito 'Babe' Parilli, former Boston Patriots quarterback, dies at 87

A former New England Patriots quarterback and member of the Patriots Hall of Fame has died, the team announced Saturday.

Parilli now sits fourth on New England's all-time career passing list with 16,747 yards and fourth with 132 touchdown passes on 2,413 attempts.

A future Hall of Famer, Vito "Babe" Parilli helped bring national recognition to United Kingdom football during the golden era of Bear Bryant.

A pro with the Packers, Browns, Raiders and Jets, along with the Patriots, Parilli played his college ball for Bear Bryant at the University of Kentucky.

Parilli was the quarterback for the only Kentucky team that has won an outright SEC football championship. Parilli led the Wildcats to a Southeastern Conference title in 1950.

Vito "Babe" Parilli threw a pass in 1965.

During his college career, Parilli took Kentucky to three major bowls - Orange, Sugar and Cotton.

He was a consensus All-American in 1950 and 1951. His 31 touchdown passes in 1964 stood as the Patriots' record until Tom Brady broke it in 2007.

He was the fourth overall pick in the 1952 National Football League draft, and was selected by the Green Bay Packers.

During his tenure with the Patriots he became one of the AFL's top quarterbacks, and was selected to the All-Star team three times and was named the AFL Comeback Player of the Year in 1966. His career fluctuated as he was only in Green Bay for two seasons before heading to the Canadian Football League to play for the Ottawa Rough Riders. He later coached six different Arena Football League teams.

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