Mark Wahlberg in Invincible

Invincible is Released

On this day in 2006, the football film Invincible kicked off in theaters, telling the true story of coach Dick Vermeil (Greg Kinnear) of the powerhouse Philadelphia Eagles, and an aspiring pro football player, Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg), a down-on-his-luck 30-year-old substitute teacher and bartender. When Coach Vermeil hosted an unprecedented open team tryout, the public couldn’t imagine that any worthy players would be found. Nevertheless, Vince found himself on the team, inspiring them to break their 11-season losing streak. For Invincible, the NFL partnered with Disney to aid in the production and promotion of the film and to keep it as realistic as possible, and throughout the production the filmmakers consulted with the real-life Dick Vermeil and Vince Papale, who called the film “a second dream.”