Vince PapaleFormer NFL Player
Vince Papale – Former NFL Receiver & Special Teams Player, Inspiration for Disney Movie Invincible
Vince is a household name to Eagles fans having gone from season ticket holder to an Eagles player defying all odds. At the completion of each NAFL season one player who has broken all the barriers and has excelled in the NAFL will be awarded the Vince Papale award.
Papale's post-collegiate football career began with the Aston Green Knights of the semi-pro Seaboard Football League.
Papale, at 6-feet 2-inches and 195 pounds, eventually made the team, thereby becoming, at age 30, the oldest rookie in the history of the NFL to play without the benefit of college football experience (other than kickers). 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 44 regular season games (regular seasons being 14 games in 1976–1977 and 16 games in 1978) recording two fumble recoveries and one 15-yard reception. He was voted Special Teams Special Captain by his teammates and
"Man of the Year" by the Eagles in 1978 for his many charitable activities. A shoulder injury ended his career in 1979.After retiring from the NFL, he worked as a TV and radio broadcaster for eight years, then became a commercial mortgage banker.
Papale, who earned the nickname "Rocky" (after the Sylvester Stallone character) while playing with the Eagles is the subject of the Disney movie Invincible, with Mark Wahlberg portraying him.
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