Vinny Papale knows his father’s story and has watched the movie “Invincible” about 30 times, writes Stephen Whyno for philly.com.
Only when he got to college did Vinny fully appreciate Vince Papale earning a spot with the Philadelphia Eagles at age 30 despite never playing football before. The younger Papale was amazed his dad made it to the NFL, and now he’s trying to follow in those footsteps.
As a senior, Papale had 36 catches for 618 yards and six touchdowns and was so good on third down that his father said the team had an expression, “Third and Vinny.”
Four decades after his dad made it as Eagles receiver, Vinny got rookie camp tryouts with the Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins.
.”He’s a tough guy,” said Redskins coach Jay Gruden. “He runs everything hard and plays with a lot of passion without a doubt. Very similar to the movie.”
Even though Papale wasn’t among the six the Redskins signed out of rookie camp, that doesn’t mean he won’t catch on somewhere.
“Invincible II” could be a real-life sequel if either Jay or brother Jon — who coaches the Raiders — decides to sign this Papale.
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