Former QB Babe Parilli dies at 87

Former QB Babe Parilli dies at 87

The former quarterback led the Cats to a three-year record of 28-8, including the 1950 season highlighted by a SEC championship and as one of four teams with a claim on the national championship.

Vito "Babe" Parilli, a New England Patriots Hall of Famer, died this weekend at 87-years-old.

The Rochester native and Kentucky grad finished third in the Heisman Award voting in 1952 and played professional football for 15 seasons in the NFL/AFL with the Packers, Raiders Patriots and Jets from 1952-1969. The quarterback was best known for quarterbacking the Boston Patriots for seven seasons in the early- to mid-1960s. 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.

Parilli now sits fourth on New England's all-time career passing list with 16,747 yards and fourth with 132 touchdown passes on 2,413 attempts. He came on in relief of Broadway Joe in the December 1 home game against the Dolphins, throwing three fourth-quarter TDs, two to Don Maynard and one to Bake Turner, in the Jets' 35-17 win, and relieved Namath the following two weeks in wins over Cincinnati and at Miami as the playoffs beckoned. Jets fans' fears melted away when No. 12 was back under C John Schmitt to take the next offensive snap and finish the game.

Because he was also an excellent holder for field goals and extra points, Parilli earned the nickname, "Gold Finger". Parilli was named the Most Valuable Player in the 1951 College All-Star Game.

Parilli was a head coach in the World Football League, also served as an NFL assistant and coached in the Arena Football League. " In 1982, Parilli was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame for his collegiate career under Bear Bryant at the University of Kentucky and in 1993, he was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame".



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