Vince Papale Biography
(American Former Football Wide Receiver)
Birthday: February 9, 1946 (Aquarius)
Born In: Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
Vincent “Vince” Papale is a former professional American football player who played as the wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL) for three seasons and for the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League (WFL) for two seasons. Papale grew up in a blue-collar neighborhood in south Philadelphia. As a youth, he was a talented athlete, playing both football and basketball as well as participating in various track and field events. He even attended college on a track scholarship. He was working as a teacher at a local school when he successfully tried out for the Bell. In 1976, his performance with the WFL team caught the attention of former head coach Dick Vermeil. Papale was part of Eagles’ main roster from 1976 to 1978 before retiring due to an injury. He then became a radio and TV broadcaster and later started working as a commercial mortgage banker. After recovering from colorectal cancer in the early 2000s, Papale accepted the responsibility of being a spokesperson against the disease. At present, he serves as the regional director of marketing and senior account executive for higher-education marketing at Sallie Mae. The 2006 sports-drama film ‘Invincible’ was inspired by his story.