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Vince Papale

Former Team Captain, Philadelphia Eagles; Oldest Rookie Ever in NFL History; Subject of Hit Movie Invincible

Travels From:
Pennsylvania
Fee Range:
$15,000 - $25,000

Bio

In 1976, Vince Papale's life changed forever when he overcame tremendous odds to become the oldest rookie in the history of the NFL. Playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, Papale eventually became a team captain, played in the NFL for four years, and was named the best Special Teams player in the 75-year history of the franchise.

Papale's life changed again in 2006 as his football story was the inspiration for the Disney movie Invincible and he became one of the country's top motivational speakers. Vince's inspirational journey from humble working class beginnings and troubled home life to successful professional athlete, businessman and cancer survivor is a story that leaves all audiences awed, engaged and inspired.

Speech Topics

The untold story in Invincible is that Vince was a full-time teacher and coach at his high school alma mater, working on his master’s degree, when he chased his wildest dream. Vince skillfully weaves his amazing story, with a blend of humor and passion, sharing his playbook for success mixing in education as the main ingredient.He relates his “Bucket of Crabs” story of how many of his peers were rooting against him to succeed and how, if it weren’t for his teacher, coach and mentor, he never would have made it. He shows the way for his audience to grasp that “the more you learn the more you earn!”


Going from being called a loser with no pedigree and no college football experience to Captain of an NFL Team is the stuff that dreams, and movies, are made. Using video clips from Invincible, Disney, and ESPN, Vince, a tremendous story teller, shares his tips on seizing opportunities, overcoming odds, fulfilling potential and taking it to the highest level.His energy, passion and humor will keep the audience on the edge of their seats.He made second effort a part of his personality and got the ultimate last laugh on those who doubted him.He will bring people from tears of sadness to tears of joy and bring them to their feet as they feel his journey is their trip as well.


From Team Building to the morphing of Mark Wahlberg, from a Hollywood to an NFL star, what does it take to get your team to the next level? Not only was Vince an accomplished athlete, he was also a successful teacher and coach and he shares with you his training tips for reaching one’s full potential.What does it take to inspire your Team to pay the price to make their goals and dreams come true? Let Vince inspire and train your group to achieve heights never reached before.Strap on your helmet, get your game face on, and get ready for the experience of a lifetime.


One of the biggest hits Vince took was when he found out he had colon cancer.Now “green and clean,” he raptures audiences with his story of his emotional journey on the road to recovery.He also shares with us his having to deal with mental illness in his family when he was a youngster and provides some coping tips.Now a spokesperson for cancer awareness, he wows audiences with his understanding, compassion, and humor when dealing with these life obstacles.From caregiver, to patient, to survivor you will feel ready to tackle any challenge after hearing Vince speak about one of his most passionate causes.


In Vince’s energetic, enthusiastic, and passionate style, listeners get glimpses of what it took to go from a season ticket holder to Captain of an NFL Team. He shares his Leadership Playbook with his audience as well as telling stories about the people that impacted him, from some of sports coaching greats to his mentors. He took the opportunity of a lifetime and ran with it… lifting a team looking for a leader and a city starving for a hero. From the bleachers, as a 10 year season ticket holder to the Captain of an NFL Team, Vince?relates how it was done with his Papale Playbook and how you can lead others to take it to the next level.


In 1976, the USA was celebrating its bi-centennial birthday. It was a time when Philadelphia fans were buried in 11 years of defeat, when Americans were battling the lingering effects of Watergate, the Vietnam War, and a sweeping energy crisis. Ordinary people appeared badly in need of a champion from their ranks, and a local schoolteacher & coach named Vince Papale answered their call.This NFL Legend’s unlikely journey from the “grandstands to the gridiron” was immortalized in the blockbuster Disney movie Invincible.


Now, in today’s fragile economic times, he continues to respond to the need for a motivating hero who knows what it’s like to battle and overcome adversity. The passion and resiliency that fueled him to achieve his wildest dream has been his theme throughout his entire life. In today’s challenging environment, now more than ever, Vince’s powerful message is relevant to all of us.


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