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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • STILL WATERS RUN DEEP: Meeting Vince Papale

  • On Friday I was channel surfing to see what movies might be on TV and I came across one that brought back an awesome memory.

    It was Mark Wahlberg in “Invincible,” the movie about Vince Papale and his journey from bartender to the Philadelphia Eagles' team captain.
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  • On Friday I was channel surfing to see what movies might be on TV and I came across one that brought back an awesome memory.
    It was Mark Wahlberg in "Invincible," the movie about Vince Papale and his journey from bartender to the Philadelphia Eagles' team captain.
    If you're a sports fan, then you've probably heard about Vince Papale. "Invincible" is based off of Papale's book and it's truly an incredible story.
    From a wife who left him and said he was nothing, to criticism from other players trying out for the team who said he couldn't play football at 31, to all the struggles in between, Vince Papale continuously pushed himself and it paid off in the end.
    I had the pleasure of meeting Vince Papale on November 12, 2008 while attending ESU. And let me tell you: he's a really great person.
    ESU had a campus activities board, known as CAB, and you could sign up for various committees like concerts (who would come to campus), movies (what would play on the school channel), out and about (planning trips like sporting events, broadway shows, or a day in New York to name a few), and more.
    I was a member of CAB throughout my college career and it was a blast. By helping out, it gave me an opportunity to meet different bands that I would not get to meet otherwise (some of which were among my favorite musicians), a say in what we offered campus, and so much more. Meeting Vince Papale was one of those perks.
    I'm not sure when he started doing them, or if he even still is, but Vince was going to different places and he was giving motivational talks. Well, lucky for an Eagles fan like myself, CAB jumped at the opportunity and we voted to bring him to ESU.
    On CAB everyone is responsible for certain things and I was with the hospitality group, which simply meant getting his room ready with drinks, food and even a welcome sign, to let him relax a bit.
    It was really cool being able to hang out with him. Members of CAB who were on that committee had a meet and greet with him before he spoke to the crowd in attendance.
    He told his story and left a message of never giving up on your dreams and all that. It was a really interesting talk and gave some insight into the player as a person. It was a very fun night.
    I picked up Vince's book before the meet and greet and that's what he signed for me. The message says "To Kelly, you rock. Vince Papale." I still smile at that now, knowing I had the awesome opportunity to meet a legend of my favorite football team. I was even a nice sibling and had a poster signed for my sister, which he personalized too.
    Page 2 of 2 - It was a great experience. If you ever have an opportunity to meet one of your favorite athletes, don't let that slip away.
    So yes, I am among those who can say hey, I met Vince Papale.
    Waters is a staff writer for The Wayne Independent and can be reached at kwaters@wayneindependent.com
    Other photo: Meeting Vince Papale.

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