Vince Papale: An Invincible Eagle


Published: April 2, 2009


... when I chanced to see a movie called Invincible.

There have been sports-based movies that I have seen before. But come to think of it, Vince Papale stands in my mind and stands out as a beacon, a person who achieved greatness against all odds.

Nowadays, we look forward to seeing players from the college draft, but Vince never played college football. He was just a natural athlete.

His performance at the Philadelphia Bell took him to Dick Vermeil, coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. He was the oldest rookie to play in the NFL at 30, when he did in 1976.

He played for three seasons. This was a time when the city of Philadelphia was looking for hope and happiness. This Eagle went on to play 41 of 44 regular games between 1976 and 1979. His position as a wide receiver even helped Dick Vermeil earn his first victory in the NFL.

He may not have been that great a player, like Tommy McDonald or Steve van Buren. But every now and then there is a playe...

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