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Vince Papale Biography

Vince Papale was born February 9, 1946 in Chester,Pennsylvania and is a former professional American football player. He playedthree seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football Leaguefollowing two seasons with the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League.Papale was the inspiration for the 2006 movie Invincible.


Vince Papale's post-collegiate football career began with the Aston GreenKnights of the semi-pro Seaboard Football League. At that time, Papale was ateacher at Interboro High school and was coaching the junior varsity footballteam when he successfully tried out for the Philadelphia Bell of the WorldFootball League as a wide receiver. In his first season with the Bell, Papalecaught nine passes for 121 yards, averaging 13.4 yards per catch. In 1975Papale caught only one pass, but it was for a forty-nine yard touchdown. Inboth seasons with the team, Papale was a special teams standout.

His performance with that team earned him a meeting in 1976with head coach Dick Vermeil of the Philadelphia Eagles after general managerJim Murray got him an invitation to a private workout held by Coach Vermeil.

Papale, at 6-feet 2-inches (1.88 m) and 195 pounds (88.5kg), eventually made the team, thereby becoming, at age 30, the oldest rookiein the history of the NFL to play without the benefit of college footballexperience (other than kickers). He went on to play wide receiver and specialteams for the Eagles from 1976 through 1978. During that time, he played in 41of 44 regular season games (regular seasons being 14 games in 19761977 and 16games in 1978) recording two fumble recoveries and one 15-yard reception. Hewas voted Special Teams Captain by his teammates and Man of theYear by the Eagles in 1978 for his many charitable activities. A shoulderinjury ended his career in 1979. After retiring from the NFL, he worked as a TVand radio broadcaster for eight years, then became a commercial mortgagebanker.

Papale, who earned the nickname Rocky (after theSylvester Stallone character) while playing with the Eagles, is the subject ofthe Disney movie Invincible, starring Mark Wahlberg. He was also reportedly theinspiration for the 1998 Tony Danza movie, The Garbage Picking Field Goal KickingPhiladelphia Phenomenon. In addition, Papale's legend was cited as a factor inthe Eagles' signing of construction-foreman/tight-end Jeff Thomason for 2005'sSuper Bowl XXXIX.

Diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2001, Papale hasrecovered from the disease, to become a spokesman encouraging people to getregular check-ups. He has appeared in commercials for Thomas JeffersonUniversity Hospital encouraging others to be tested.

Currently, Papale is the regional director of marketing andsenior account executive for higher-education marketing at Sallie Mae. Heresides in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, with his wife Janet and two children,Gabriella and Vinny, and remains a diehard Philadelphia Eagles football fan. Heis also currently listed as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Philadelphia Chapterof the NFL Alumni Association.


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Former NFL player and cancer survivor receives Gilda Radner Courage Award

Posted on 17 January 2016 | 12:43 am

His rise to NFL stardom was the subject of the 2006 Disney Movie, “Invincible” starring Mark Wahlberg, but even former Philadelphia Eagle’s star Vince Papale knew that was just a title. When he was diagnosed with colon cancer 13 years ago he found out that he was anything but “Invincible”, but that did not mean Read More

Former NFL Player Vince Papale Named Keynote Speaker at Tagetik North America User Conference

Posted on 20 April 2015 | 7:46 pm

Former NFL player Vince Papale has been announced as the keynote speaker for this year’s Tagetik North America User Conference that is taking place at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia on April 23-24. The conference itself will be focusing on helping people find the right track to manage their finances through a series of sessions, Read More

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