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24 August 2006 

Vincent Francis Papale the inspiration behind the 2006 movie Invincible.

Papale played just one year of high-school football and had no college football experience. He graduated from Philadelphia's St. Joseph's College (now University), which did not have a football team, having attended on a track scholarship. At age 30, while bartending and substitute-teaching at Interboro High School, Papale joined the former World Football League team, the Philadelphia Bell, as a wide receiver. His performance with them earned him a meeting with Coach Dick Vermeil after general manager Jim Murray got him an invitation to a private work-out held by Coach Vermeil.

Papale, at 6' 2" (1.88 m) and 195 pounds (88.5 kg), eventually made the team, thereby becoming the oldest rookie in the history of the NFL (outside kickers) to play without the benefit of college football experience. He went on to play wide receiver and special teams for the Eagles from 1976 through 1978.

During that time, he played in 41 of 48 regular season games, recording 2 fumble recoveries (including one that led to Coach Vermeil's first NFL victory) and 1 reception for 15 yards.

Thats it? What up with that dude?


“I am on the dirt frontage road to the internet thingy”

Take it slow and keep your head up. That way you can see the bullshit coming.
And don’t waste my time calling me a racist, cause I aren’t. So there!

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