LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – One of the greatest players in Kentucky football history has died. Two-time All-American. Vito "Babe" Parilli passed away in Denver today after battling cancer.
Parilli played quarterback for the Cats from 1949 until 1951. He led the Wildcats to an SEC championship in 1950 and took the team to a bowl game in each of his three seasons under legendary coach Bear Bryant.
After college, Parilli played a total of 16 years in the NFL and AFL. In 1969, he was the backup quarterback for the Super Bowl winning New York Jets behind Joe Namath. Parilli was elected to the college football hall of fame in 1982.
Babe Parilli was 87.
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