PROVO — Many BYU players had already seen it, but listening to the subject matter of the movie talk about his experience was truly a memorable moment.
Vince Papale, who inspired the making of the film "Invincible," spoke to the team after Monday's practice. In his speech, he talked to the players about overcoming obstacles and believing in yourself, much like he did when earning a spot playing for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1976 at the advanced age of 30.
“It was incredible. Vince Papale? He’s the man,” said defensive lineman Corbin Kaufusi. “I love that movie, so just to see him? I was like, ‘Wow.’ It was cool. It was really neat.”
“I think it got the team pumped up,” added offensive lineman Tuni Kanuch. “It’s game week and there’s a whole other vibe.”
The Cougars were able to get Papale on campus due to the many connections to the Eagles within the football program. Coach Reno Mahe played for the Eagles, as did coach Steve Kaufusi and former tight end Chad Lewis, who now works as an associate athletic director at BYU.
“He knows about BYU and he was excited to talk to the team,” said BYU coach Kalani Sitake. “The players loved it, so it was a nice way to end practice — just having him talk about achieving your dreams and proving all the doubters wrong.”