Invincible: My Journey from Fan to NFL Team Captain

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In 1976, Vince Papale was a down-on-his-luck substitute teacher, part-time bartender, and season ticket holder for the Philadelphia Eagles, the team he’d grown up rooting for. He had always loved football, but the closest he’d ever come to playing on Sundays was in local rough touch leagues. Until fate stepped in.

Vince was thirty years old and wondering what he would do with his life, when he heard that Coach Dick Vermeil was holding open tryouts for the Eagles. He had nothing ...

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Overview

In 1976, Vince Papale was a down-on-his-luck substitute teacher, part-time bartender, and season ticket holder for the Philadelphia Eagles, the team he’d grown up rooting for. He had always loved football, but the closest he’d ever come to playing on Sundays was in local rough touch leagues. Until fate stepped in.

Vince was thirty years old and wondering what he would do with his life, when he heard that Coach Dick Vermeil was holding open tryouts for the Eagles. He had nothing to lose, and with the coaches eyeing him, he ran an explosive 40-yard dash in just 4.5 seconds - a world-class time - and was offered a contract on the spot. But, as much as his speed, it was Vince’s heart that impressed Vermeil.

But there was more to the story – Vince’s success was tempered by a complicated family life, a past that continued to haunt him, even as a hometown football hero.

At its core, Invincible is an underdog story that will inspire others to pursue their dreams, too.

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Philadelphia Eagles fan Papale made the team at age 30 in 1976. An underdog story that's being made into a fall 2006 Disney film, with Mark Wahlberg. Simultaneous Hyperion hardcover. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441808417
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 7/28/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged, 3 CDs, 3 hrs.
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Vince Papale is a former Philadelphia Eagles player whose life is the subject of an upcoming movie. He lives in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    Inspirational

    A truly inspitational book. Shows that you just have to believe and not be afraid to fail. I think that the michael oher story is a copy of this story.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Check this out yo!

    This is a very inspirational book and as an athlete and an average joe person, I really felt a connection. He goes through a lot of adversity through out the story and always manages to get through the rough times and come out on top. Some of adversity he conquers is truly amazing and inspired me. He always creates goals and works his hardest to meet them and even if he doesn't get it he still feels great that he even tried. He put everything on the line to reach his ultimate goal and proved to me that if you want it bad enough anything is possible. It is amazing to think that someone could go from an average person to an NFL captain!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    AWESOME

    At least i think its gonna be an awesome book. My stepmother just graduated from a communty college and vinve papale aka mr invincible was there himself. He told us his story and showed us the preview of the movie and i liked it. So if thrre were duch thing as 100 stats that is soooooo what would be on here

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Awesome

    The movie is amazinggggggggggggg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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