Man begs Eagles for a chance, gets lunch from 'Invincible' Vince Papale

If nothing else, Rashaun Sligh’s daily plea to the Philadelphia Eagles to sign him got him a free cheesesteak from an Eagles legend.

Sligh has been waiting outside the Eagles’ facilities for almost a week holding a sign asking for a chance. He’s a 24-year-old receiver, and never suited up for Temple’s football team although he had a workout at Temple’s pro day once, according to CSN Philly. He wants the Eagles to give him a shot, and his method is to sit outside the facility every day asking for one via his cardboard sign.

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His story has gained some traction, and Vince Papale took notice. Sligh, a wide receiver, is basically trying to emulate Papale’s story. In 1976, Papale got a workout with the Eagles after getting a shot with the World Football League. He made the Eagles, becoming an NFL rookie at age 30, and stuck with the team for three seasons. Papale’s improbable story became a Disney movie, “Invincible,” starring Mark Wahlberg.

Papale went to meet Sligh on Tuesday and offered to take him to lunch, but Sligh didn’t want to leave his post according to CSN Philly. So Papale brought him a cheesesteak.


CSN Philly said Papale told Sligh to keep chasing his dream.

“He didn’t know who I was at first,” Papale told CSNPhilly.com. “I said, ‘I know where you’re coming from, I’m Vince Papale.’ He almost passed out he was so appreciative. I liked his reaction right from the beginning. He’s got a great attitude.”

It’s a fun story, and perhaps the Eagles will end up giving him a tryout of some kind. They have to admire his persistence. At least Sligh will end up with a little bit of fame and a free lunch.

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