My Journey from Fan to NFL Team Captain
Publication Date: August 2006
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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 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.
About the AuthorVince Papale is a former Philadelphia Eagles player whose life is the subject of an upcoming movie. He lives in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
Mel Foster has narrated over 150 audiobooks and has won several awards. Twice an Audie finalist for "1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History" by Charles Bracelen Flood and "Finding God in Unexpected Places" by Philip Yancey, he won for the latter title.
Chad Millman is a former "Sports Illustrated" reporter, a CNNSI correspondent, and associate editor at "ESPN The Magazine", and the author of "The Odds: One Season, Three Gamblers and the Death of Their Las Vegas".