Former Patriots QB Vito 'Babe' Parilli passed away at age of 87

Former Patriots QB Vito 'Babe' Parilli passed away at age of 87

Former Patriots QB Vito 'Babe' Parilli passed away at age of 87

A future Hall of Famer, Vito "Babe" Parilli helped bring national recognition to United Kingdom football during the golden era of Bear Bryant.

Parilli was born on May 7, 1930, in Rochester, Pennsylvania. He was an All-American in 1950 and 1951.

Many say that he was the greatest ever to wear the blue and white at Kentucky.

Parilli was the fourth overall pick by the Green Bay Packers in 1952. He then became a football wanderer, going from Ottawa to Cleveland, back to the Packers, then back to Ottawa and never really finding the right fit.

When the AFL first emerged in 1960, Parilli jumped at the opportunity and joined the Boston Patriots, where he would spend the next seven seasons of his career playing quarterback for the team.

His death was announced by the New England Patriots organization, where Parilli played in 94 games from 1961-67.

After college, Parilli played a total of 16 years in the National Football League and AFL. His career statistics featured 331 completions in 592 passing attempts for 4,351 yards and 50 touchdowns, setting numerous SEC and school records.

Because he was also an excellent holder for field goals and extra points, Parilli earned the nickname, "Gold Finger".

Parilli is one half of the Patriots' "Grand Opera" combo with Gino Cappelletti. "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.

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

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