Vince Papale delivered cheesesteak to Eagles walk-on hopeful RaShaun Sligh, offered words of advice

Vince Papale delivered cheesesteak to Eagles walk-on hopeful RaShaun Sligh, offered words of advice

You've probably seen photos of the guy camped outside of the Eagles training facility in South Philadelphia with a sign looking for a tryout. His efforts appear to be garnering more and more attention and even a talk with the pioneer of making the Eagles off the street.

RaShaun Sligh is a 24-year-old football player who once attended a pro day at Temple University as a student but never actually suited up for the Owls' football team. He's certainly got perseverance because he's been out there for the better part of a week.

His sign reads that he just "wants an opportunity to be an Eagle."

Sligh's efforts are certainly gaining some steam. He appeared on 94 WIP last week and also chatted with Howie Roseman and Malcolm Jenkins on Monday.

He hasn't earned a tryout just yet, but he's not giving up.

"I love the game," he told Angelo Cataldi. "I really do in my heart believe I can help the Eagles organization win some games."

His hopes are a long shot but he wouldn't be the first guy to make the Eagles off the streets.

Every Eagles fan is familiar with the story of Vince Papale that was turned into the Disney movie "Invincible" starring Mark Wahlberg as the bartender-turned-Eagle.

Papale has turned his short stint as a walk-on with the Eagles in the 70's into a motivational speaker and he used some of his personal experience to stop outside of the NovaCare Complex on Tuesday and speak to Sligh about his dream of making it in the NFL.

I spoke with Vince this afternoon about his quick meeting with Sligh.

"He didn't know who I was at first," Papale told "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."

Papale actually invited to treat Sligh to lunch over at Chickie's and Pete's but the latest Eagles hopeful didn't want to leave his post outside of the facility because he hadn't talked to any coaches yet today.

So Vince delivered him a cheesesteak and some crab fries to go along with a message of hope.

"'Chase your dreams,' I told him. He didn’t ask me for anything. They told me back in the day I couldn’t do it and I got it done. 'Keep grinding, keep hustling, and maybe you’ll get your shot.'"

Papale said he was particularly appreciative of the word choices on Sligh's sign.

"I used the same words back in the 70's. All I wanted was an opportunity. So I get it. You never know what’s going to happen."

Stranger things have happened. Maybe they'll make another movie about it someday. Or at least maybe RaShaun can get another free cheesesteak along the way.

Asked about LeBron James after Sixers game, Kyrie Irving says @*#^*!#%&*

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Asked about LeBron James after Sixers game, Kyrie Irving says @*#^*!#%&*

Apparently, Kyrie Irving doesn't want to talk about LeBron James.

After the Celtics' win over the Sixers on Friday, a fan asked Irving, "Where's LeBron?"

Irving's response ... NSFW ...

WARNING: The video contains offensive language. But if that kind of thing doesn't bother you, you can watch it here.

Irving was asked about the incident by reporters Saturday.

So what he's basically saying is "sorry, not sorry."

With the video circulating on social media, expect Irving to hear from the league.

Joel Embiid expects 90 percent of his tweets to go viral


Joel Embiid expects 90 percent of his tweets to go viral

One of the things that I love about Joel Embiid is the fact that it seems like every day we find another reason to love him even more.

Today's entry comes from a profile in GQ magazine in which he talks about plenty of things. But it was one of the first things he was asked about his Twitter account that had me rolling once again.

How do you find out if one of [your tweet] has gone viral, then?

Joel: I think 90 percent of them [will be viral]. That’s the expectation.

Amazing. The thing is, I don't know if he's giving himself enough credit. ONLY 90%????

Oh, and he subscribes to the Jah Rule school of thought: WHO CARES?

"Then I had so much time, too, because I missed that whole year and the second year after, so I didn’t have anything to do," Embiid said. "[I’d] just go on social media and converse with fans, make crazy jokes, and tweet crazy stuff because I don’t care. I say whatever I want to."

His critique of other players' boring Twitter accounts is also incredibly on point:

What do you mean some guys are always tweeting the same thing?

Joel: Bullshit like, “Game Day!” “It’s a great game.” I don’t know. They’re all the same. It’s boring.


The whole Q&A is worth any Sixers fan's time just to get to know a little more about Jojo. Be happy he's ours. And pray he stays healthy so he can take his game on the court to the same level as his game off of it.