Vinny Papale, Son of 'Invincible' Star Vince Papale, to Try Out for Eagles

Megan ArmstrongContributor IIIMarch 22, 2019

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 13: A Philadelphia Eagles helmet is seen during the NFC Divisional Playoff against the New Orleans Saints  at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 13, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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Fans of the movie Invincible are in for something of a sequel.

The 2006 film starring Mark Wahlberg was inspired by Vince Papale, who improbably made the 1976 Philadelphia Eagles as a 30-year-old part-time bartender when head coach Dick Vermeil held an all-comers welcome tryout.

Papale's son, Vinny Papale, told Andrew DiCecco of USA Today on Friday that he is preparing for the Eagles' local pro day April 17.

Unlike his father, Vinny played college football, spending four years at Delaware as a wide receiver. However, he has not been pegged as a draft prospect, so he's taking advantage of an opportunity for players from local schools to find an avenue into the NFL. Each NFL team is allowed to hold one local pro day.

Vermeil told ESPN.com in 2006 that signing Papale "wasn't some great decision [because] he showed us talent. What you're looking for is a real sleeper, or a guy who can come in and make a contribution—even if it's only at training camp—with talent and an attitude that can get the players around him hungry and ready to play."

Vinny will hope to check at least one of those boxes for the 2019 Eagles.

The elder Papale played as a wide receiver for the Eagles from 1976 to 1978, appearing in 41 games.

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