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Encyclopedia > Vince Papale
Vince Papale
Date of birth February 9, 1946 (1946-02-09) (age 61)
Place of birth Flag of United States Glenolden, Pennsylvania
Position(s) WR
College St. Joseph's College
Statistics
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Team(s)
1976-1978 Philadelphia Eagles

Vincent Francis Papale (born February 9, 1946 in Glenolden, Pennsylvania) is a former professional American football player. He played three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL following two seasons with the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League. Papale was the inspiration for the 2007 movie Invincible. February 9 is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Glenolden is a borough located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... Saint Josephs University is a private, co-educational Roman Catholic university in the United States. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... February 9 is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Glenolden is a borough located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... The Philadelphia Bell was a franchise of the World Football League, which operated in 1974 and for a portion of a season in 1975. ... WFL logo The World Football League was an American football league that played in 1974 and part of 1975. ... Invincible is a 2006 film directed by Ericson Core. ...

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High school years

Papale attended vato High School, and was a student and a letterman in football, basketball, and track and field. In his only year of varsity football, Papale won All-Delaware County Honorable Mention honors. In track, he was a standout pole vaulter, triple jumper, and long jumper. Vince began competing in track during his senior year at Interboro. He won the District I (Philadelphia suburban area) large-schools championship in pole vault at 2000, vato then finished 4th in the state meet at 1 His best pole vault that year was 12'9", which edged him into the top 10 all-time PA high school vaulters (at that time). Pole vaulting is an athletics event where competitors use a long, flexible pole as an aid to leap over a bar, similar to the high jump, but at much greater heights. ... The triple jump is an athletics (track and field) event, previously also known as hop, step and jump, whose various names describe the actions a competitor takes. ... Officials watch as Salim Sdiri of France jumps at the GE Money Grand Prix in Helsinki, July 2005. ...


College

Papale attended Philadelphia's St. Joseph's College (now University) on a track scholarship (the university did not have a football team). As a junior, he won a United States Track & Field Federation (USTFF) college development PV at Madison Square Garden (February 10) with a vault of 14'6". He never placed at IC4A or Penn Relays. He did score in the Middle Atlantic Conference championships (University Division, included La Salle College, Temple University, Lehigh University, Lafayette College, University of Delaware, Bucknell, Gettysburg College, American University, West Chester University). Nickname: Motto: Philadelphia maneto - Let brotherly love continue Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States Commonwealth Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Government  - Mayor John F. Street (D) Area  - City 369. ... Saint Josephs University is a private, coeducational Roman Catholic university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. ... February 10 is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... La Salle College ( LSC; Chinese: 喇沙書院, is a well-known boys secondary school located at Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, China. ... Temple University is a university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Lehigh University is a private, co-educational university located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of the United States. ... Lafayette College is a private coeducational liberal arts college located in Easton, Pennsylvania, USA. The school, founded in 1826 by the citizens of Easton, first began holding classes in 1832. ... The University of Delaware (UD or UDel) is the largest university in the U.S. state of Delaware. ... Bucknell University is a private university located along the Susquehanna River in the rolling countryside of Central Pennsylvania in the town of Lewisburg, 60 miles (97 km) north of Harrisburg. ... Gettysburg College is a private four-year liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, founded in 1832, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, adjacent to the famous battlefield. ... For other universities known as American University, see American University (disambiguation). ... West Chester University, located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1871. ...


His college track statistics:

Sophomore Year (1966)
Second in Pole Vault (winner 14'-3")
Second in the triple jump (winner 45'-3")
Junior Year (1967)
First in the long jump (22'-1¼")
Senior Year (1968)
Third in the pole vault (winner Peter Chen 15'-1¾")
First in the long jump (22'-1¼")
First in the triple jump (46'-6")
First in the 440 relay (:42.5, lead-off)

He graduated in 1968 with a MS degree in Marketing/Management Science. 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... The triple jump is an athletics (track and field) event, previously also known as hop, step and jump, whose various names describe the actions a competitor takes. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Long jumper at the GE Money Grand Prix in Helsinki, July 2005. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ...


Professional

In 1974, while bartending at Max's in Prospect Park and substitute-teaching at Interboro High School, he successfully tried out for the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League as a wide receiver. Papale caught 9 passes for 121 yards, 13.4 average, and one touchdown in 1976. For the song by Dave Matthews Band, see Bartender (song). ... Prospect Park is a borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A school located in Prospect Park, Pennsylvania, IHS contains 1,500 (rough estimate) students. ... The Philadelphia Bell was a franchise of the World Football League, which operated in 1974 and for a portion of a season in 1975. ... WFL logo The World Football League was an American football league that played in 1974 and part of 1975. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ...


His performance with that team earned him a meeting with Coach Dick Vermeil of the Philadelphia Eagles after general manager Jim Murray got him an invitation to a private work-out held by Coach Vermeil. Dick Vermeil is a former American head coach for the National Football Leagues Philadelphia Eagles (1976-1982), St. ... The term general manager is a descriptive term for certain executives in a business operation. ... Jim Murray, is the co-founder of the Ronald McDonald House and a formaer General Manager of thePhiladelphia Eagles. ...

Papale and Wahlberg during the filming of Invincible, a film based on Papale's football career
Papale and Wahlberg during the filming of Invincible, a film based on Papale's football career

Papale, at 6-foot 2-inches (1.88 m) and 195 pounds (88.5 kg), 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 (including one that led to Vermeil's first NFL victory) and one fifteen-yard reception. He was voted Special Teams 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. Image File history File links Papale_whalberg. ... Image File history File links Papale_whalberg. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... Special teams are units in American football and Canadian football that are on the field during kickoffs, free kicks, punts, and field goal and extra point attempts. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Special teams are units in American football and Canadian football that are on the field during kickoffs, free kicks, punts, and field goal and extra point attempts. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ...


Papale, who earned the nickname "Rocky" (after the 1976 Sylvester Stallone movie and character) while playing with the Eagles, is the subject of the Disney movie Invincible, starring Mark Wahlberg. He was also reportedly the inspiration for the 1998 Tony Danza movie, The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon. 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.[1] Rocky (1976) is a motion picture written by and starring Sylvester Stallone as underdog boxer Rocky Balboa. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg (born June 5, 1971) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and television producer, formerly known as rapper Marky Mark. ... Jeffrey David Thomason (born December 30, 1969) was an American football tight end. ... Date February 6, 2005 Stadium ALLTEL Stadium City Jacksonville, Florida MVP Deion Branch, Wide receiver Favorite Patriots by 7 National anthem Combined choirs of the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and U.S...


Diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2001, Papale has recovered from the disease, to become a spokesman encouraging people to get regular check-ups. He has appeared in commercials for Thomas Jefferson University Hospital encouraging others to be tested. Colorectal cancer, also called colon cancer or bowel cancer, includes cancerous growths in the colon, rectum and appendix. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Thomas Jefferson University offers courses in medicine and related fields, including research. ...


Currently, Papale is the regional director of marketing and senior account executive for higher-education marketing at Sallie Mae. He resides in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, with his wife Janet and two children, Gabriella and Vincent. SLM Corporation (NYSE: SLM), commonly known as Sallie Mae, (formerly named the Student Loan Marketing Association) is the largest provider of educational loans in the United States. ... Cherry Hill highlighted in Camden County Cherry Hill Township is a township located in Camden County, New Jersey. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/homeNewsDetail.jsp?id=22443

External links

  • Eagles Fly for Leukemia
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