One of the great Kentucky quarterbacks, Vito “Babe” Parilli, has died at the age of 87, according to a release by the New England Patriots. A New England Patriots Hall of Fame quarterback and 1960s All-Decade Team member, Parilli threw for more than 20,000 yards in his pro career, playing from 1961-67 with the Patriots.
Parilli is fourth on the team passing list with 16,747 yards and fourth in TD passes with 132.
Parilli is one half of the Patriots’ “Grand Opera” combo with Gino Cappelletti.
A pro with the Packers, Browns, Raiders and Jets, along with the Patriots, Parilli played his college ball for Bear Bryant at the University of Kentucky.
Parilli was a two-time First Team All-American, Heisman Trophy nominee while leading the Wildcats to appearances in the Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Cotton Bowl. Parilli completed 331 of his 592 passes for 4,351 career yards in three years as Kentucky’s quarterback while also leading the team to an SEC championship.