Vito 'Babe' Parilli, former Boston Patriots quarterback, dies at 87

Patriots great Babe Parilli dies at 87

Vito "Babe" Parilli, former pro-football quarterback, has died, according to an announcement made by the New England Patriots on Saturday, July 15, 2017.

Parilli was born on May 7, 1930, in Rochester, Pennsylvania. Parilli has been regarded as of the greatest to have ever to played for the Kentucky Wildcats and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

The Green Bay Packers selected Parilli with the fourth pick in the 1952 NFL Draft. He won the AFL Comeback Player of the Year in 1966. 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.

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.

Parilli played for the then-Boston Patriots from 1961 to 1967.

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Parilli is fourth on the Patriots all-time career passing list with 16,747 yards and fourth in touchdown passes with 132.

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

He and receiver Gino Cappelletti came to be known as the "Grand Opera", during their days with New England.

Parilli brought Kentucky national recognition while playing for Paul "Bear" Bryant from 1949-51.

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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