Kentucky quarterback Babe Parilli dies at 87

Kentucky quarterback Babe Parilli dies at 87

Parilli lettered three years at quarterback for the Wildcats and set Kentucky records for touchdowns with 50, leading United Kingdom to wins over Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl and TCU in the Cotton Bowl.

Parilli, a two-time First Team All-American, Heisman Trophy nominee and a member of the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame, was 87 when he passed away in Denver.

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 would play for the Packers, Browns, Ottawa in the CFL and the Patriots before joining the Jets at the age of 38.

Parilli was Namath's backup on the Super Bowl champion Jets team that season and the 1969 team that went to the playoffs.

Parilli was one of only 20 players who played all 10 seasons of the American Football League (1960-69).

Because he was also an excellent holder for field goals and extra points, Parilli earned the nickname, "Gold Finger". He was placed on the reserve/retired list in August 1970. For his pro career, his line was 189 games (101 starts), 3,330 passes, 1,552 completions, 22,681 yards, 178 TDs and 220 INTs. " In 1982, Parilli was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame for his collegiate career under Bear Bryant at the University of Kentucky and in 1993, he was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame".

Following his playing career he coached in the World Football League and Arena Football League in a coaching career that lasted from 1973 - 1997.

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