For­mer Pats QB Babe Par­illi dies

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

Babe Par­illi, the for­mer Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back who starred in the team’s Amer­i­can Foot­ball League days, died Satur­day. He was 87.

New Eng­land an­nounced the death. The cause of death wasn’t dis­closed.

Par­illi played for the thenBos­ton Pa­tri­ots from 1961 to 1967. He was voted to three AFL All-Star games and was the AFL’s Come­back Player of the Year in 1966.

Par­illi was named to the Al­lAFL 10 Year An­niver­sary Team in 1971 and his 31 touch­down passes in 1964 were a team record un­til 2007. Par­illi is fourth on the Pa­tri­ots’ ca­reer pass­ing list with 16,747 yards and is in the team’s Hall of Fame. He also was known as ex­cel­lent holder and was nick­named “gold fin­ger.”

He be­gan his pro ca­reer with the Green Bay Pack­ers in 1952, and also played for the Cleve­land Browns, Oak­land Raiders, New York Jets and the CFL’s Ot­tawa Rough Rid­ers. He was the backup to Joe Na­math when the Jets won the Su­per Bowl in 1969.

Vito “Babe” Par­illi was born in Rochester, Penn­syl­va­nia — not far from Na­math’s home­town of Beaver Falls.

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