ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Vinny Papale knows his father’s story and has watched the Mark Wahlberg movie “Invincible” about 30 times.
Only when he got to college at Delaware did Vinny fully appreciate the inspirational tale of Vince Papale earning a spot with the Philadelphia Eagles at age 30 despite never playing football before. The younger Papale was amazed his dad made it to the NFL, and now he’s trying to follow in those footsteps.
More than four decades after Vince Papale went from part-time bartender, nightclub doorman and substitute teacher to Eagles receiver, Vinny got rookie camp tryouts with the Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins and is trying to make a name for himself in the league.
“I’m a little younger — he was 30,” Papale said this weekend after a Redskins rookie minicamp practice. “But it’s definitely cool just to have another opportunity to play at the next level.”
Papale almost didn’t get this opportunity. He broke his left leg his freshman season at Delaware and tore ligaments in his right knee the next year, so it was a battle just to get on the field.
As a senior, Papale had 36 catches for 618 yards…