Jets Super Bowl champion Babe Parilli dies at 87

Jets Super Bowl champion Babe Parilli dies at 87

Born May 7, 1930 in Rochester, Penn. near Pittsburgh, he played college football for University of Kentucky under legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.

Parilli is a member of the Patriots' 1960s All-Decade Team.

Parilli came to United Kingdom from Rochester, Pa., recruited to Lexington by Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. Parilli led the Wildcats to a Southeastern Conference title in 1950.

Few people saw more in the game of football than Babe Parilli.

The Packers made Parilli the fourth overall pick of the 1952 NFL draft, but he lasted just two seasons in Green Bay before heading north and playing for the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League.

He was the fourth overall pick in the 1952 National Football League draft, and was selected by the Green Bay Packers.

He was named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1982. His career statistics featured 331 completions in 592 passing attempts for 4,351 yards and 50 touchdowns, setting numerous SEC and school records. He came on in relief of Broadway Joe in the December 1 home game against the Dolphins, throwing three fourth-quarter TDs, two to Don Maynard and one to Bake Turner, in the Jets' 35-17 win, and relieved Namath the following two weeks in wins over Cincinnati and at Miami as the playoffs beckoned.

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.

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 in 1974 was the head coach of the New York Stars in the short-lived World Football League, and also coached the WFL's Chicago Winds and six teams in the Arena League.

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