Vito “Babe” Parilli was the fourth selection in the 1952 NFL draft, going to the Green Bay Packers. In 1961, after being traded a couple times, Parilli landed with the AFL’s Boston Patriots, and in 1964, he threw for 3,500 yards, a team record that was only broken in 2007 by Tom Brady. In 2017, Babe lost a long battle to the cancer known as multiple myeloma, passing away in his home in Parker, Colorado. This October 7, a celebrity golf tournament in his name will raise funds for critical multiple myeloma research at University of Colorado Cancer Center.
The event is the brainchild of longtime cancer philanthropist, Gary Adler, now a cancer patient himself being treated at UCHealth Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.
“I did one of the very first fundraisers for what is now the Anschutz Campus, called Night of the Stars. We sold a Heisman football for $42K, and raised what might have been the first million for the campus, before there was even a groundbreaking,” Adler says.
“Mostly, it’ll be a bunch of guys who played with Babe or who were coached by Babe,” Adler says of the celebrities attending, including Green Bay and Broncos quarterback, Don Horn, former Broncos, Mark Cooper and Billy Thompson, as well as Timmy Smith, who set a rushing record in Super Bowl XXII playing for the Washington Redskins against the Broncos (but we won’t hold that against him).
Registration is limited and available HERE.