Babe Parilli, Joe Namath's 'Super' Backup, Dies at 87

Sandy Mccarthy
July 16, 2017

Former NFL and AFL quarterback Vito "Babe" Parilli reportedly passed away at the age of 87, according to NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Parilli was born on May 7, 1930, in Rochester, Pennsylvania.

He was a consensus All-American in 1950 and 1951, and twice finished in the top-four of the Heisman Trophy voting.

Many say that he was the greatest ever to wear the blue and white at Kentucky. He played six seasons in the National Football League and 10 years in the AFL.

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Parilli's professional football career spanned two leagues, five teams, 15 years and 189 games played. He played in 94 games for the Patriots from 1961-67 throwing for over 16,747 yards and 132 touchdown passes (which places him at fourth all-time with the team for both).

After being taken in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Packers in 1952, Parilli played for six years in the NFL, then 10 years in the AFL, culminating with a 1969 Super Bowl championship with the New York Jets. He racked up 31 touchdown passes in 1964, which stood as a Patriot record until Tom Brady broke it in 2007.

Parilli fired a hurried incompletion for George Sauer before Jim Turner kicked his second field goal out of the Babe's hold for a 13-0 lead. " The combination of the holder & quarterback Vito Parilli and kicker & wide receiver Gino Cappelletti, made them a deadly force that became known as the "Grand Opera". The Patriots inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 1993, and he's also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame for his career at Kentucky.

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