When the the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Dick Vermeil, announces that he will hold open tryouts for the team, Vince reluctantly decides to give a try. In November of 2002, NFL Films showed Vince Papale's story on ESPN during Monday Night Football.
The four minute piece about Vince captured the attention of Hollywood, and soon a film was in the works.
See more » Vince Papale was a SUBSTITUTE teacher at my high school (and his), which is not, and has never been, in South Philadelphia.
South Philly has had many famous people come from it; my town has one: Vince Papale. They gloss over his pre-Eagles life, but I guess it couldn't be an inspirational feel-good movie if they had stuck to the truth, i.e.
He never tried out for the football team in college because St. -Tribune Review Did Vince come from an athletic family? Vince's parents were first-generation immigrants from England and Italy. His mother, Almira, had a stint as a professional baseball player in the 1930s.