On Thursday, February 6, 2014, Mr. Invincible himself, Vince Papale, will be speaking at PMP Marketing Group’s 2014 Client Retreat in West Palm Beach, Florida. He present his speech “Realizing the Dream – From Bartender to NFL Player,” which will discuss his motivational story of how he went from teaching at his alma mater to becoming a team captain of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Vince Papale’s story begins in 1976 when he was pursuing a master’s degree in counseling, while teaching, and coaching football and track. During this time, the Philadelphia Eagles hired new Head Coach Dick Vermeil, who made a public announcement that he would be conducting open tryouts to all. Ignoring everyone’s comments, Vince would not only attend the open tryouts, but would also be offered a contract on the spot to play for his beloved Philadelphia Eagles.
After being a season ticket holder for 10 years, and with no college football experience, Vince would become an NFL football star, Special Teams captain, and eventually the best Special Teamer in the Philadelphia Eagles’ 75 year history. This story was so inspirational that Disney would make it into a blockbuster movie starring Mark Wahlberg, known as “Invincible.” The movie was on the top of the charts for two weeks after it was released in 2006, and is now considered to be one of the greatest sports movies of all time.
Since playing football for the Philadelphia Eagles, Vince has married Janet Cantwell, who was on the USA World Gymnastics Team, and has two children, Vincent and Gabriella. In 2001, he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, only to defy the odds once again by recovering from the deadly disease. He is now a spokesperson for education, leadership, motivation, team building, and health and wellness, along with a regional director of marketing and senior account executive for higher-education marketing at Sallie Mae.
Vince is regarded as one of the top motivational speakers in the country, and a supporter of many charities. In fact, after a speech by Vince to AT&T Wireless, John Caras stated “You did a great job speaking at the Cingular meeting last week. Employees are still talking about it.” and “you really inspired the gang and generated a lot of enthusiasm. Everybody was very impressed with your story and how you presented it.”
At PMP Marketing Group, we are thrilled to have such an inspirational, courageous, and generous person speaking at our 2014 Client Retreat, and expect to have a tremendous turnout. If you would like more information about our 2014 Client Retreat, please contact us at 561-253-6707, or visit our 2014 Client Retreat page.