Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Kentucky Great Vito 'Babe' Parilli Passes Away

Kentucky Great Vito 'Babe' Parilli Passes Away

Former NFL and AFL quarterback Vito "Babe" Parilli reportedly passed away at the age of 87, according to NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

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. He was a Patriots Hall-of-Famer and member of the 1960s All-Decade Team, he became one of the icons of the franchise when it was first created in 1960. The Patriots inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 1993, and he's also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame for his career at Kentucky. In the 1952 draft, Green Bay selected the quarterback fourth overall out of Kentucky, where he was coached by Paul "Bear" Bryant.

During the regular season, Parilli, wearing the No. 15 uniform that he sported with the Pats, completed 29 of 55 passes for 401 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions for the Jets. In his three seasons, Parilli reached the Orange Bowl, the Sugar Bowl and the Cotton Bowl.

He was a consensus All-American in 1950 and 1951. Parilli's 31 touchdown passes in 1934 were a Patriots record until Tom Brady threw a then-NFL record 50 throwing scores in 2007. He was a three-time AFL All-Star and won the 1966 AFL All-Star Game MVP.

After stints with six different teams from 1952-69, Parilli went on to have a successful coaching career that spanned 24 years and eight teams.

Following his playing career he coached in the World Football League and Arena Football League in a coaching career that lasted from 1973 - 1997.

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