United Kingdom great Babe Parilli dead at 87


Former Boston Patriots quarterback Vito "The Babe" Parilli, has died at the age of 87. He played in 94 games for the Patriots from 1961-67 throwing for over 16,747 yards and 132 touchdown passes (which places him at fourth all-time with the team for both).

Parilli helped bring Kentucky to national prominence under Bear Bryant, and was a two-time first team All-American, Heisman Trophy Nominee and a member of the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame. 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 1949 and 1950, while Parilli was breaking a long list of Southeastern Conference records, the 11-1 Wildcats won the SEC championship.

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Parilli was picked fourth overall by the Green Bay Packers in 1952. His career ended with the New York Jets where he earned a Super Bowl ring as Joe Namath's back-up in Super Bowl II. 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 was a three-time AFL All-Star while playing for the Boston Patriots. Parilli held the franchise mark for most touchdown passes in a season (31 in 1964) until 2007 when Tom Brady threw 50 scores.

After his playing days, Parilli got to work as a coach, spending a year as an assistant with the Steelers before becoming head coach of the New York Stars and later the Chicago Winds of the World Football League.