Pats QB Parilli dies
Babe Parilli, the former Boston
Patriots quarterback who starred in the team’s American Football League days, died Saturday. He was 87. The New England Patriots announced the death, but a cause wasn’t given. Parilli played for the Patriots from 1961 to 1967. He was voted to three AFL AllStar games and was the AFL’s Comeback Player of the Year in 1966. Parilli was named to the All-AFL 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 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.