Vincent Papale Jr. will get his own tryout with the Eagles

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In 1976, Vince Papale, a 30-year-old who hadn’t played college football, earned an unlikely roster spot on Dick Vermeil’s Eagles and lasting a couple years in the NFL. That story was good enough for Hollywood, where Mark Wahlberg played Papale in Invincible.

Now Papale’s son is preparing for his own tryout with the Eagles.

Vinny Papale played college football at Delaware, where he was a wide receiver like his dad and had a solid senior season last year. Today at Delaware’s Pro Day, Papale told Andrew DiCecco of The Eagles Wire that he’ll be participating in the Eagles’ local Pro Day on April 17.

The NFL allows each team to have one local Pro Day, where players from nearby schools can work out. The best prospects rarely attend those Pro Days, but for players who have been overlooked in the pre-draft process, it can be a last chance to get an NFL team’s attention. Papale probably won’t be drafted, but he might be a player who can get some interest as an undrafted free agent. Seeing him in an Eagles uniform would be quite the Hollywood ending.

11 responses to “Vincent Papale Jr. will get his own tryout with the Eagles

  1. I think Adam Thielen worked his way up from local pro workout day to practice squad to dropping a TD in a blowout loss in the NFCCG (had to add that bit into an Eagles themed thread)

  2. Out of curiosity, I wonder which AAF team would hold the geographical territory rights to University of Delaware. Memphis?

    Here’s hoping the kid makes enough noise at the tree-out to get signed, even if it’s only to the practice squad.

  3. Liberalsruineverything says:
    March 22, 2019 at 7:47 pm
    Thielen is a better story. A Minnesota kid from a small town to an obscure college to a walk on tryout with his favorite team to All Pro caliber, fame and fortune.
    No. Vince Papale never played college football and came out of nowhere at age 30 to play for the Eagles.

    Adam Thielen was a 1000 yard receiver in college who made it to the pros as an undrafted free agent. His story is hardly unique. James Harrison, Kurt Warner, Warren Moon, Antonio Gates, and John Randle are just a few of the undrafted free agents to make the NFL.

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