Former QB Babe Parilli dies at 87

Former QB Babe Parilli dies at 87

Kentucky All-American quarterback Vito "Babe" Parilli has died at the age of 87.

For his Jets career, Parilli played in 28 games, completing 43 of 79 passes for 539 yards, seven TDs and three INTs. He played with the Packers and Browns and the CFL's Ottawa Rough Riders in the Fifties, then came to the fledgling American Football League, where he played on the Raiders' inaugural AFL team in 1960 and then with the Patriots.

Parilli was inducted into the Patriots' Hall of Fame in 1993.

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Parilli was a two-time First Team All-American, Heisman Trophy nominee while leading the Wildcats to appearances in the Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Cotton Bowl. Parilli held the Patriots record for touchdown passes with 31 in 1964, which stood for over 43 years before it was broken by Tom Brady in 2007. Parilli finished his career playing his final two seasons with the New York Jets in 1968 and 1969.

Parilli was the fourth overall pick by the Green Bay Packers in 1952. 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.

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. 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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