Vince Papale is a former professional football player, most notable for having made the Philadelphia Eagles at the age of 30 in 1976 as the oldest rookie ever in the history of the NFL to have not played football in college. Mr. Papale would make the team as a wide receiver and played for the Eagles for three years – including being named Special Teams captain by his teammates. Walt Disney Pictures would produce a movie based off of his journey, Invincible, starring Mark Wahlberg, in 2006.
Mr. Papale is a wonderful keynote speaker for any engagement considering his unique and inspirational story. His story goes well-beyond just sports, having survived colorectal cancer, he became a spokesman for regular check-ups. His story of resilience has appeared time and time again in a variety of experiences throughout his life. These are all lessons that are applicable to every single person who undergoes the trials and tribulations of life.
Not many people have the opportunity to play in the NFL, even more so to have a movie based off of their life story. From track standout to teaching at a high school to trying out for the hometown NFL team and making it, Papale’s journey was already incredibly unique. Furthermore, Mr. Papale would go on to survive cancer and still find a way to use degree in marketing and management science to take a higher-level role at Sallie Mae in the area of higher-education marketing. Impelled by his journey, Papale authored many titles such as “Be Invincible!: A Playbook for Reaching Your Full Potential,” and “The Last Laugh: Vision to Victory” to aid others on their path to success. Throughout these hardships, he grew a loving family, his son Vinny following in his footsteps, playing as a wide receiver for the University of Delaware Blue Hens.
Mr. Papale has experienced several lifetimes in the span of just a few short years. He uses many of the twists and turns in life to not only entertain sports fans but to inspire corporate audiences to live in the moment, as no one has any idea of what tomorrow brings. His lessons can help anyone remain just as ‘invincible’ as he has.
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