UK Football great Babe Parilli dies at 87

Pablo Tucker
July 16, 2017

Vito "Babe" Parilli, former pro-football quarterback, has died, according to an announcement made by the New England Patriots on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Parilli held the franchise mark for most touchdown passes in a season (31 in 1964) until 2007 when Tom Brady threw 50 scores. 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.

Parilli was the SEC Player of the Year in 1950, when he finished fourth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy.

When the AFL first emerged in 1960, Parilli jumped at the opportunity and joined the Boston Patriots, where he would spend the next seven seasons of his career playing quarterback for the team.


It's an bright and sunny day here in New England, but sadly one of the original members of the Boston Patriots has left us on this lovely day.

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

Parilli was inducted into the Patriots' Hall of Fame in 1993. He was Joe Namath's back-up when the New York Jets won the Super Bowl in 1969.


Parilli is fourth on the Patriots all-time career passing list with 16,747 yards and fourth in touchdown passes with 132.

After his playing career, Parilli in 1974 was the head coach of the New York Stars in the short-lived World Football League, and also coached the WFL's Chicago Winds and six teams in the Arena League. He retired at the age of 40 with his last action coming with the Jets.


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