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

Associated Press

We send out our condolences to Parilli's family and friends, who are mourning as we have all lost a Patriot on this day. The Rochester, Pa., native became well known for running Bryant's "T" formation that baffled opponents.

Parilli started as a sophomore in 1949, as Kentucky went 9-3, including wins over LSU, Ole Miss, Georgia and Florida. Parilli led the Wildcats to a Southeastern Conference title in 1950.

As a member of the New York Jets in 1968, Parilli backed up Joe Namath during Gang Green's Super Bowl run, throwing for 401 yards and five touchdowns during the campaign. He was fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting as a junior and third as a senior. 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. He was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1993.

Parilli was selected in the first round (No. 4 pick overall) by the Green Bay Packers in the 1952 National Football League draft.

For his Jets career, Parilli played in 28 games, completing 43 of 79 passes for 539 yards, seven TDs and three INTs.

A Rochester, Pa., native, Parilli played seven seasons in the National Football League and one in the CFL before joining the AFL.

He was voted to three AFL All-Star games (1963-64 and 1966) and earned the AFL's Comeback Player of the Year Award in 1966.

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

Parilli was also elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1982 following a successful stint playing for Bear Bryant at Kentucky.

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