Who doesn’t love a great come-from-behind story? There’s nothing like cheering the underdog on to victory. And if the underdog happens to be portrayed by Mark Wahlberg, well that just makes the story even more compelling (at least for me).
But what if you got the chance to meet the real person, the one that the movie is based on? That’s what happened recently as Accelerent hosted Vince Papale, the former Philadelphia Eagles walk-on legend and the inspiration for the film “Invincible.”
HMA has been a part of Accelerent since the beginning of the year – it is a business development group with associations across the country. Several times throughout the year, the organization hosts a breakfast featuring great keynote speakers. We’ve written about them here before.
In case you’re not familiar with the story, in 1976 the Eagles hired Dick Vermeil as their new head coach. He wanted to shake up the team and publicized that he was going to conduct an open tryout. Vince, a long-time season ticket holder and die-hard fan of the Eagles since he was a kid, decided to give it a try. He was a 30-year-old schoolteacher, didn’t play football in college, but had the passion and commitment to do whatever it took to make the team. And not only did he make it, he was voted Captain of the Special Teams by his teammates and most recently was selected by the fans as the best Special Teamer in the team’s 75-year history.
Vince has taken that passion and commitment and now shares his insights through speaking engagements and books.
Here are some of the takeaways from his presentation:
He also shared two of his favorite quotes from Coach Vermeil:
“Opportunity is worth exactly what you put into it” and “Nobody ever drowned in sweat.”
And finally, a quote that has been attributed to a variety of people including Archbishop Leo Joseph Suenens, Tupac and the ever-popular Anonymous, “Happy are those who dream dreams are willing to pay the price to make their dream come true.”
He closed out the presentation by asking each of us to consider what our invincible moment is. What are we doing to help someone else achieve their potential?