Former Kentucky All-American Vito "Babe" Parilli died at the age of 87 after battling cancer.
Vito "Babe" Parilli was born in Rochester, Pennsylvania - not far from Namath's hometown of Beaver Falls.
With Parilli as his quarterback, Bryant was 28-8 at Kentucky. As a member of the AFL franchise, Parilli played in 94 games, was voted to three AFL All-Star games and won the AFL's Comeback Player of the Year Award in 1966. Parilli led Kentucky to victories over Oklahoma in the 1951 Sugar Bowl and TCU in the 1952 Cotton Bowl.
He was the fourth overall pick in the 1952 National Football League draft, and was selected by the Green Bay Packers.
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.
Jack Sheahan Vito “Babe” Parilli threw a pass in 1965
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.
While at Kentucky under Bryant, Parilli took United Kingdom football to new heights, including trips to three major bowls (Orange, Sugar and Cotton). His 31 touchdown passes in 1964 were a team record until 2007.
It's an bright and sunny day here in New England, but sadly one of the original members of the Boston Patriots has left us on this attractive day.
Following his playing career he coached in the World Football League and Arena Football League in a coaching career that lasted from 1973 - 1997.