Former QB Babe Parilli dies at 87

Patriots great Babe Parilli dies at 87

Report | Former QB Babe Parilli dies at 87

Former Kentucky All-American Vito "Babe" Parilli died at the age of 87 after battling cancer. 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.

The fourth overall pick in the 1952 NFL draft, Parilli bounced around six franchises (five in the AFL/NFL and one in the CFL) during a career that spanned almost two decades. He played three seasons in the Canadian Football League and five seasons in the NFL in the 1950s, before joining the newly formed AFL, where he found his greatest success as a pro. His 31 touchdown passes in 1964 stood as the Patriots' record until Tom Brady broke it in 2007.

He was voted to three AFL All-Star games and was named the AFL's Comeback Player of the Year in 1966. Parilli finished his career playing his final two seasons with the New York Jets in 1968 and 1969.

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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. He later coached six different Arena Football League teams.

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