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Former QB Babe Parilli dies at 87

16 July 2017

One of the great Kentucky quarterbacks, Vito "Babe" Parilli, has died at the age of 87, according to a release by the New England Patriots.

Vito "Babe" Parilli threw a pass in 1965.

His death was announced by the New England Patriots organization, where Parilli played in 94 games from 1961-67. Parilli led Kentucky to victories over Oklahoma in the 1951 Sugar Bowl and TCU in the 1952 Cotton Bowl. He was an All-American in 1950 and 1951.

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A former Kentucky Wildcat under legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, Mr. Parilli was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1993.

The Green Bay Packers selected Parilli with the fourth pick in the 1952 NFL Draft.

Parilli entered the National Football League as Green Bay's first-round pick, fourth overall, in the 1952 draft out of Kentucky, where he QB'd the Wildcats under Paul "Bear" Bryant and was an All-American and two-time Heisman Trophy fnalist. Parilli finished his career playing his final two seasons with the New York Jets in 1968 and 1969. He played six seasons in the National Football League and 10 years in the AFL.

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Parilli is fourth on the team passing list with 16,747 yards and fourth in TD passes with 132.

Vince Lombardi cutting ties with Parilli allowed the journeyman to take his talents to the AFL, where he played for the Browns, Jets and Raiders.

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.

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Former QB Babe Parilli dies at 87