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Patriots great Babe Parilli dies at 87

Patriots great Babe Parilli dies at 87

Former Boston Patriots quarterback Vito "Babe" Parilli died, according to a New England Patriots press release.

The New England Patriots announced Parilli's death on Saturday afternoon.

A three-time AFL All-Star, Parilli had his most success with the Patriots. He threw 50 touchdown passes in his career at Kentucky.

Born May 7, 1930 in Rochester, Penn. near Pittsburgh, he played college football for University of Kentucky under legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. He earned consensus All-American honors in 1950 and 1951 and led the Wildcats to victories in the 1951 Sugar Bowl and 1952 Cotton Bowl.

Vito “Babe” Parilli threw a pass in 1965
Jack Sheahan Vito “Babe” Parilli threw a pass in 1965

Parilli was the SEC Player of the Year in 1950, when he finished fourth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy. The quarterback was the fourth overall pick in the 1952 NFL Draft, by the Green Bay Packers. 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. He was Joe Namath's back-up when the New York Jets won the Super Bowl in 1969.

He was a three-time AFL All-Star while playing for the Boston Patriots. 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.

Parilli's love of football never waned, and after watching this year's national championship game between Alabama and Clemson, Parilli said, "Best game I ever saw in the college playoffs".

During his retirement, Parilli worked as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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