Howard Baldwin

On The Fly: Few Bigger Stars With Early Patriots Than Vito 'Babe' Parilli

Long before the Brady & Belichick dynasty, the Patriots were a football laughingstock. The franchise that spent years playing in stadiums in and around Boston before settling in suburban Foxborough struggled to carve out a niche in a region dominated by the Giants. But in those early years, the Patriots weren't without stars and there were few bigger than quarterback Vito "Babe" Parilli, who joined the team as a 31-year-old journeyman and became the face of the AFL franchise in the 1960s. The Patriots announced on Saturday that Parilli has died. He was 87 and is a member of the Patriots Hall of Fame. He played 94 games for the team from 1961 to 1967, finishing his...