Patriots Hall of Fame quarterback passes away at age 87


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. He joined the Raiders in the AFL's inaugural season, then was traded to the Boston Patriots and had an outstanding career there, being chosen to three AFL All-Star games. 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.

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

With Parilli as his quarterback, Bryant was 28-8 at Kentucky. The 1950 Wildcats went 5-1 in league play and posted an 11-1 overall record that included a 13-7 victory over previously undefeated Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. His 31 touchdown passes in 1964 were a team record until 2007.

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Vito "Babe" Parilli threw a pass in 1965. During his college years at the University of Kentucky, he was an All-American and two-time Heisman Trophy finalist in 1950 and 1951.

He was voted to three AFL All-Star games (1963-64 and 1966) and earned the AFL's Comeback Player of the Year Award in 1966. He played six seasons in the National Football League, then another 10 years in the AFL. Parilli finished his career playing his final two seasons with the New York Jets in 1968 and 1969. 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.