Friday, 21 July, 2017

Kentucky great Vito "Babe" Parilli dead at 87

Patriots great Babe Parilli dies at 87 Report | Former QB Babe Parilli dies at 87
Frank Williams | 16 July, 2017, 03:18

Parilli, a two-time First Team All-American, Heisman Trophy nominee and a member of the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame, was 87 when he passed away in Denver.

Parilli lettered three years at quarterback for the Wildcats and set Kentucky records for touchdowns with 50, leading United Kingdom to wins over Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl and TCU in the Cotton Bowl.

The New England Patriots announced Parilli's death on Saturday afternoon. Parilli led Kentucky to victories over Oklahoma in the 1951 Sugar Bowl and TCU in the 1952 Cotton Bowl.

Parilli was the quarterback for the only Kentucky team that has won an outright SEC football championship.

Patriots great Babe Parilli dies at 87

He is a member of the University of Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame and the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Parilli was picked fourth overall by the Green Bay Packers in 1952. 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.

During his tenure with the Patriots he became one of the AFL's top quarterbacks, and was selected to the All-Star team three times and was named the AFL Comeback Player of the Year in 1966. He returned to Green Bay for two seasons and played the 1960 season for the Oakland Raiders before joining Boston in 1961. 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.

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