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Vito "Babe" Parilli

Football ∙ Rochester

 

 

 

 

Vito (Babe) Parilli ranks as one of the all time star passing quarterbacks in pro football with 1552 completions in 3330 attempts for 22681 yards and 178 touchdowns. What most fans outside the Pittsburgh area donít realize is that Babe served as quarterback coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers for four seasons (1970-1973) and played a key role in developing the talents of Terry Bradshaw, Terry Hanratty, and Joe Gilliam. After starring at Rochester High School, Babe Parilli became the first University of Kentucky gridder to earn All American honors (1950-1951) during the regime of Coach Bear Bryant. Babe led Kentucky teams to victories in the Sugar Bowl and Cotton Bowl and won the MVP award in the 1952 College All Star Game. He was the first draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in 1952 and played two seasons for them before going to the Army. While in the service, Babe was traded to the Cleveland Browns. In 1957, he went back to Green Bay and in 1959 to Ottawa of the Canadian Football League. Babe finished his playing career in 1969 after two seasons with the New York Jets as a backup quarterback for Joe Namath. He joined the Steelersí coaching staff the next season.