New England Patriots: Ranking 10 Greatest quarterbacks in franchise history
By Nick Ziegler
4.) Babe Parilli 1961-1967
Back before they were called the New England Patriots, we find the fourth-best quarterback in franchise history. When they were still the Boston Patriots, quarterback Babe Parilli was one of the signal callers for the Patriots.
From 1961 to 1967, Parilli was the quarterback for the Patriots. Parilli came over from the Oakland Raiders after the 1960 season. In his first season with the Patriots, Parilli started in eight games and totaled a solid 6-2 record. He was able to total 13 touchdown passes, eight interceptions, and 1,314 passing yards.
Parilli’s best season with the Patriots came in the 1964 season. That season, he was able to total 31 touchdown passes and 3,465 passing yards. Seeing passing stats like this were uncommon during this time in NFL history.
For the Patriots, Parilli was able to make the Pro Bowl three times in 1963, 1964, and 1966. In the regular season for the Patriots, Parilli finished with a 44-32-7 record. The 44 wins were the fourth-most of any starting quarterback in franchise history. Even though Parilli had some success, he was only able to make the playoffs once with the Patriots. After his career in Boston came to an end, Parilli went on to play for the Jets for two seasons to end his career.