All-time Kentucky great Vito ‘Babe’ Parilli passes away

Jul 16, 2017 1455

BY: Jennifer Smith and Dennis Varney

One of the greatest to wear Kentucky’s blue and white passed away on Saturday after a battle with cancer. A future Hall of Famer, Vito “Babe” Parilli helped bring national recognition to UK football during the golden era of Bear Bryant.

Parilli, a first-team All-American in 1950 and 1951 and a member of the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame, was 87 when he passed away in Denver. He was fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting as a junior and third as a senior.

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