In 1975 Papale caught only one pass, but it was for a forty-nine yard touchdown. [7] Papale never scored a regular-season touchdown in the NFL. He then played with the semi-pro Aston Green Knights of the Seaboard Football League and two seasons with the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League, one of the NFL's rival leagues on the level of the AFL and the USFL. In real life, Papale dated and married his second wife, Sandy during the movie's time frame. During the end credits, media highlights of Papale's career with the Eagles are shown. Directed by Ericson Core. He began competing in track during his senior year at Interboro. He is invited to play, but he declines because of his upcoming Eagles game and watches for a few minutes. With Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Conway. He became an Eagle out of pure determination. Vermeil is impressed by Papale's performance and invites him to training camp to compete for a roster spot with the Eagles. In the 1970s, Philadelphia is in chaos as southern portions of the city protest the shutdown of several job sites while their NFL team, the Philadelphia Eagles, endures a string of losing seasons. The next day, Papale is jogging in the city and stops by his empty home; running into friends, he tells them about joining the Eagles. Janet claims that she did not know it was a date. Distraught, Papale trashes the few remaining belongings that she left behind. It was still a key play in the victory for the Eagles. Accepting, Papale receives a warm welcome at the bar, and has an interview with a newscaster. Papale's story was the inspiration behind the 2006 film Invincible. Papale was the inspiration for the film "Invincible," now in theaters. He resides in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, with his wife Janet and two children, Gabriella and Vinny, and remains a diehard Philadelphia Eagles football fan. The following day, he goes to his first training camp with the Eagles. He ends the wet and dirty game by throwing a touchdown pass. It is certified "fresh" with a 72% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has an average rating of 6.46/10, based on 135 reviews. The next morning, Papale is unexpectedly laid off from his job at the school. [2], The opening scene of the movie features the Eagles' 31−0 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on December 7, 1975. (For 13 seasons, 1958–1970, Franklin Field was the home field of the Eagles.) As training camp ends, the final roster spot is down to Papale and a veteran. [13], The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon,, "The Unembellished Story of Vince Papale", "1975 Cincinnati Bengals Statistics & Players", "Here Are The 7 Most Philly-Centric, Philadelphiest Episodes Of 'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia,, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 9 November 2020, at 09:02. In his first season with the Bell, Papale caught nine passes for 121 yards, averaging 13.4 yards per catch including catching the first pass in the history of the new league. The Lancers, who had a preseason, used Fairmount Park in West Philadelphia during this time. During the home opener against the New York Giants, Janet's appearance in a Giants shirt angers the Eagles fans. After the team returns to Philadelphia, Papale goes to the sandlot where he played with his friends once before. Papale is a sought after motivational speaker. One night, Papale takes Janet out on a date. 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. Against his assistants' advice, Vermeil lands the final spot to Papale. Papale plays poorly against the Cowboys, and Vermeil faces pressure from the fans and media. Rookie Quarterback Mike Cordova threw from the Pats' 14, and Cornerback Raymond Clayborn deflected the ball slightly allowing Papale to make a diving catch in the end zone.[5][8]. Vincent Papale (born February 9, 1946) is a former professional American football player. [9] The film opens with Jim Croce's "I Got a Name". The office scenes were filmed in Delaplaine McDaniel Middle School, During renovations to the school at 1801 Moore street South Philadelphia. However, that happened in 1971, five years before the events of the movie. His performance with the Philadelphia Bell earned him a meeting in 1976 with head coach Dick Vermeil of the Philadelphia Eagles after general manager Jim Murray got him an invitation to a private workout held by Coach Vermeil. After the tryouts, Dick Vermeil comes by as Papale is trying to start his car. Philadelphia Eagles' new coach Dick Vermeil calls an unprecedented open tryout, and the 30-year-old bartender who never played college ball makes the cut. Papale was born in Glenolden, Pennsylvania, attended Interboro High School in Prospect Park and lettered in football, basketball, and track and field. The film received generally positive reviews from critics. The website's critical consensus reads, "As simple and authentic as the gritty South Philly invirons in which it's set in, Invincible sends a uplifting and heartfelt message packed with an athletic enthusiasm that shouldn't be missed". Diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2001,[4] Papale has recovered from the disease, to become a spokesman encouraging people to get regular check-ups. [4], The movie portrays Vince meeting Janet before the tryouts. This was double what he was earning as a school teacher. He is unsure if he can start a new relationship, since he needs to try his best to make the team. In opening weekend the movie made approximately $17,031,122 domestically. The movie portrays Vince meeting Janet before the tryouts. His only offensive stat came in the 1977 season, where he had 1 catch for 15 yards. [12], The film released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 19, 2006. He has appeared in commercials for Thomas Jefferson University Hospital encouraging others to be tested. Papale's best pole vault that year was 12 ft 9 in (3.886 m), which edged him into the top 10 all-time PA high school vaulters.[1]. After an up-and-down game, Papale gets downfield during an Eagles' fourth quarter punt to tackle the returner, forcing a fumble that he recovers and takes into the end zone for a touchdown, giving the Eagles their first win in Papale's career. In reality, Papale started playing football in the Delaware County Rough Touch League (PA) in the late 60's before his semi-professional and pro football experience. [5], Track and field personal bests and meet results, Last edited on 10 November 2020, at 20:35, Philadelphia Eagles 75th anniversary team, "The Unembellished Story of Vince Papale", "Thomason Is Now A National Story – Philadelphia Eagles", "Thomas Jefferson University Hospital – At Jefferson HealthCARE-Voorhees: Meet Vince Papale, former Philadelphia Eagle, and his colon cancer specialists from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital", "University of Delaware 2018 football team roster", Career Statistics at, Vince Papale's interview with John Kline and Elevation Radio,, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 10 November 2020, at 20:35. In 1975, the Bengals actually went 11–3 and were the wild card team in the AFC. Vince Papale's post-collegiate football career began with the Aston Green Knights of the semi-pro Seaboard Football League. For the Eagles, Papale actually participated in a private workout that was by invitation only. In addition, Papale's legend was cited as a factor in the Eagles' signing of construction foreman/tight end Jeff Thomason for 2005's Super Bowl XXXIX.[3]. The fumble recovery depicted in the climactic scene did occur, but Papale's touchdown did not count, under NFL rules at the time, since the ball could not be advanced. Mark Wahlberg was closer to Vince Papale's high-school height of 5'7". 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. The movie generated an estimated $57,806,952 domestically. The remainder of the film was filmed in a former aircraft carrier parts warehouse on Langley Avenue in the Philadelphia Naval Business Center. 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.