Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Patriots great Babe Parilli dies at 87

Patriots great Babe Parilli dies at 87

"People had heard of Babe Parilli, who they called the "Sweet Kentucky Babe" - he played at Kentucky for Bear Bryant", Santos said of Parilli, per ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Vito "Babe" Parilli, 87, was a member of the Patriots' 1960s All-Decade Team.

Parilli entered the National Football League as Green Bay's first-round pick, fourth overall, in the 1952 draft out of Kentucky, where he QB'd the Wildcats under Paul "Bear" Bryant and was an All-American and two-time Heisman Trophy fnalist.

We send out our condolences to Parilli's family and friends, who are mourning as we have all lost a Patriot on this day.

In 1949 and 1950, while Parilli was breaking a long list of Southeastern Conference records, the 11-1 Wildcats won the SEC championship.

Parilli's senior season in 1951 featured an 8-4 record, capped by a 20-7 win over TCU in the 1952 Cotton Bowl, his final game in a Kentucky uniform.

He was named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1982.

He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1952 and spent the 1950s playing for the Packers, Cleveland Browns and Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League.

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.

After college, Parilli played a total of 16 years in the National Football League and AFL. Parilli held the franchise mark for most touchdown passes in a season (31 in 1964) until 2007 when Tom Brady threw 50 scores.

After his playing career, Parilli coached in the NFL, World Football League and Arena Football League.

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