Before he was owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft was a huge fan of the franchise. Kraft took time Sunday to reflect on one of his favorite Boston Patriots, Vito “Babe” Parilli, who passed away Saturday at age 87.
Parilli played quarterback for the Patriots from 1961-67 and was a member of the Patriots’ 1960s All-Decade Team.
“For those old enough to have watched the Boston Patriots, Babe Parilli was a fan favorite. The AFL was an exciting, wide-open offense that was in stark contrast to the ground and pound ways of the NFL during that era. Parilli and Gino Cappelletti became two of the most popular players in the AFC, and future Patriots Hall of Famers.
“On behalf of the Patriots organization, we were deeply saddened by the news of Babe’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Parilli family and the many family, friends and former teammates who are mourning his loss.”
Statement from Robert Kraft on the passing of Vito “Babe” Parilli: pic.twitter.com/UpwBJkUAzL
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) July 16, 2017