Vito ‘Babe’ Parilli, former NFL quarterback, passed away at age 87 on Saturday, July 15th of 2017. Parilli was often referred to as a legend in the sports industry.
Before the American Football League merged with the National Football League, he played for multiple teams in the AFL. Among those teams include the Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, and Boston Patriots (now the New England Patriots).
Throughout his time as a professional football player, he was voted to three AFL All-star games, named as a Patriots Hall-of-Famer, and won the AFL’s Comeback Player of the Year Award in 1966. According to the Patriot’s official website, Parilli also holds fourth place on the team’s all-time career passing list.
After he retired, he spent some time coaching. He was most notably a quarterbacks coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos, but also coached for many other teams.
The Patriots released a statement regarding Parilli’s death, saying they are ‘deeply saddened’ to learn of his loss. The Broncos also commented on the sad news, stating Parilli was ‘unlike any other’.
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