The “aging” NFL rookie who inspired the movie Invincible, played by Mark Wahlberg, Vince Papale was a 30-year-old high school teacher when he joined the National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles in 1976.
Vince Papale's story was remarkable: he had no NFL experience and had not played pro football.In 1976 the Eagles' rookie coach, Dick Vermeil, held open tryouts for players. Papale tried out for Vermeil, was invited to training camp and, against all odds, made the team. Vince Papale spent three seasons with the Eagles (1976-78) as a special teams player and wide receiver. He later found success as a follow-your-dreams motivational speaker based on his NFL experience. His story was retold in the 2006 movie Invincible, with Elizabeth Banks as his wife, Janet Cantwell and Greg Kinnear as Vermeil.
He published the book Be Invincible! A Playbook for Reaching Your Full Potential in 2011.
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