Parilli began his career with the Packers in 1952, where he was a backup for most of his time in Titletown.
He played his first two seasons in Green Bay before going to Cleveland for one season in 1956 and then coming back to Green Bay in 1957, the year the Packers unveiled what was then known as the new City Field. It wouldn’t be named after Curly Lambeau for another couple of seasons.
But it was on Sept 29, 1957, that Babe Parilli had his greatest moment as a Packer.
It was the day when then-Vice President Richard Nixon, NFL Commissioner Bert Bell and Miss America, Elaine Van Derbur, were in attendance to help bring the newest stadium into the league with a special program prior to the game.
While the game was nearly a second thought for fans who celebrated the opening of the new stadium, it was more than that for Parilli, who would go on to help win the game that day.
The rival Chicago Bears were the opponents that day, a fact that had Poppa Bear George Halas roaming the sidelines. Not only did Halas help significantly in the selling of the financing package that would be approved by voters, but he sat on the stage during the opening ceremonies because of his integral involvement in helping the new stadium become a reality.
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