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Babe Parilli

Babe Parilli
Parilli on a 1952 Bowman football card
No. 15
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1930-05-07) May 7, 1930
Place of birth: Rochester, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
College: Kentucky
NFL draft: 1952 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts: 3,330
Pass completions: 1,552
Percentage: 46.6
TDINT: 178–220
Passing yards: 22,681
QB Rating: 59.6
Stats at

Vito "Babe" Parilli (born May 7, 1930) is a former American football player.


  • Biography 1
    • College Statistics 1.1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Parilli was born in the Pittsburgh industrial suburb of Rochester, Pennsylvania. He attended the University of Kentucky as an All-American starting quarterback for the Wildcats under Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.

After playing for the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers in the National Football League before a one-year stint in the Canadian Football League with the Ottawa Rough Riders, Parilli was picked up by the fledgling American Football League's Oakland Raiders on August 17, 1960 and threw for just over 1,000 yards.

On April 4, 1961, he was part of a five-player trade that sent him to the AFL Boston Patriots, and he went on to become one of the AFL's most productive and colorful players. Playing for the Patriots from 1961 through 1966, Parilli finished his career with over 25,000 total yards and 200 touchdowns, ending among the top five quarterbacks in 23 categories such as passing yards, passing touchdowns and rushing yards. Parilli was selected for three All-Star Games. In 1964, throwing primarily to Gino Cappelletti, Parilli amassed nearly 3,500 yards passing with 31 touchdowns; the latter number was a Patriots record until 2007, when it was broken by Tom Brady. During that season's October 16 contest against the Oakland Raiders, he threw for 422 yards and four touchdown passes in a 43-43 tie. Parilli is a member of the Patriots All-1960s (AFL) Team.

Parilli completed his career with the Richard Castucci.

Besides his considerable skills as a quarterback, he was one of the best holders in the history of football and was nicknamed "gold-finger" as a result of kicker Jim Turner's then-record 145 points kicked in 1968 (plus another 19 points in the play-offs and in Super Bowl III). He is one of only twenty players who were in the American Football League for its entire ten-year existence, and is a member of the University of Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1982 Parilli was named to the College Football Hall of Fame.

The wide receiver-quarterback duo of Cappelletti and Parilli was nicknamed "Grand Opera".

In 1974, Parilli became the head coach of the New York Stars of the World Football League. The next year he coached another WFL team, the Chicago Winds. He later coached the New England Steamrollers, Denver Dynamite, Charlotte Rage, Las Vegas Sting, Anaheim Piranhas and Florida Bobcats of the Arena Football League.[1]

On November 15, 2014, Parilli was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.[2]

College Statistics

Season Passing
Comp Att Yards Comp% TD INT
1949 81 150 1081 54.0 8 13
1950 114 203 1627 56.2 23 12
1951 136 239 1643 56.9 19 12
Career Total 331 592 4351 55.9 50 37

See also


  1. ^ "Babe Parilli". Retrieved December 19, 2014. 
  2. ^

External links

  • University of Kentucky Hall of Fame profile
  • Just Sports Stats - Playing
  • Just Sports Stats - Coaching
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