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Sport Former Patriots QB Vito ‘Babe’ Parilli passed away at age of 87

22:15  15 july  2017
22:15  15 july  2017 Source:   yardbarker.com

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Known as Babe Parilli throughout his playing career, Parilli was voted to three American Football League All-Star teams and earned AFL Comeback Player of the Year honors in 1966 after passing for 3,441 yards and 31 touchdowns.

Before Brady Bledsoe or Grogan there was Babe . What will @ Patriots do to honor this cornerstone of the franchise? Parilli was the #Steelers QB coach from 1970-73.

Close up of Vito Babe Parilli 15 year return, in a light wok out at show Stadium. January 07, 1969. © William N. Jacobellis/New York Post Archives / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images Close up of Vito Babe Parilli 15 year return, in a light wok out at show Stadium. January 07, 1969.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports former New England Patriots quarterback Vito “Babe” Parilli has passed away at the age of 87.

Parilli led New England’s offense during the 1960s, throwing for 16,747 yards between 1961–67. He also played for the Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders and New York Jets during his illustrious 15-year pro football career.

Known as Babe Parilli throughout his playing career, Parilli was voted to three American Football League All-Star teams and earned AFL Comeback Player of the Year honors in 1966 after passing for 3,441 yards and 31 touchdowns.

He and receiver Gino Cappelletti came to be known as the “Grand Opera,” during their days with New England.

A college football star as well, Parilli was named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1982 before being inducted into Patriots Hall of Fame in 1993.

Patriots' Rob Ninkovich expected to announce retirement .
New England coach Bill Belichick said Friday that the veteran defensive end has been absent from training camp due to personal reasons. Ninkovich, 33, was a fifth-round pick out of Purdue in the 2006 NFL Draft by New Orleans. After a stint with the Dolphins and again with the Saints, he landed in New England in 2009. A two-time Super Bowl champion and team captain, Ninkovich has played in 123 regular-season games (101 starts) and appeared in 17 playoff games for New England.

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