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Parilli, Babe (1930-2017)

Upper Deck Legends 1997, #AL-152

CARD: Upper Deck Legends 1997
ACQUIRED: EBay, 2020


  • Had a marvelous journey as a quarterback playing through 18 seasons for 3 leagues and 8 teams from 1952-69.
  • Played for Kentucky from 1949-51.
  • In an era not renown for passing, threw for 1627 yards (114/203) and 23 TDs to 12 INT in 1950.
  • 4th pick of the 1952 NFL draft by the Green Bay Packers.
  • Joined CFL Ottawa Rough Riders in 1954, playing there through 55, and also again in 59.
  • Returned to NFL for a one year stint with the Browns in 56.
  • Again, played for Packers in 57 and 58.
  • After one year stint with the CFL again in 59, played for the Oakland Raiders in 1960.
  • After middling success with Oakland, was traded as part of a blockbuster deal to the Boston Patriots.
  • Played for the Patriots from 1961-67.
  • At time of departure from Boston, owned all the franchise’s passing records and many AFL ones as well.
  • Retired after winning Super Bowl III as Joe Namath‘s backup in Super Bowl III.
  • Had extensive coaching career.
  • Passed away in 2017 at the age of 87 after a battle with cancer.


In an age of more sexy names, I really hadn’t considered the legacy of Babe, compared to guys like Tom Brady (of course), or even Drew Bledsoe or Steve Grogan for that matter. -That being said Babe paved the way for those guys.




*Stats not available pre-1959


Culver, Shannon “Skinny”


Autograph Memorabilia
Stampede Inaugural Magazine Austin Wranglers
Acquired: Gift 2004

My cousin got me a game program full of autographs back in 2004, that I found recently when digging through some boxes.

After finishing his 2004 season with the Austin Wranglers, Skinny took a season off. He would play one final season with the Arizona Rattlers in 2005 before retiring.  An offensive specialist Culver is a notable veteran of the XFL playing for the Orlando Rage in 2001 where he recorded 10 receptions for 165 yards and a TD, to go along with 39 punt returns for 250 yards. A two way player for the Anaheim Piranhas in 1997, at both receiver and defensive back, he led the team with 16 touchdowns and 769 yards to go along with 2 picks. In 1994 he was a member of the infamous CFL Baltimore Colts/Stallions club and also saw time on the rosters of the Rampage, Avengers, and Desperados as well.