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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 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."

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.

Tim Jernigan rocks Tim Jernigan jersey in Tim Jernigan rap video

Tim Jernigan rocks Tim Jernigan jersey in Tim Jernigan rap video

Back in April, Eagles defensive tackle Tim Jernigan began a rap career with Good Boyz Music and now he’s back with another track and video. 

In this one, entitled “Come Thru” Jernigan is wearing his No. 93 Eagles jersey for his verse, which he drops under the name Stud Muffin (h/t PhillyVoice). At one point, Jernigan is holding a black umbrella in one hand and a wad of cash in the other. 

OK then. 

Check it out, but be warned: There’s some NSFW lyrics in there. Jernigan’s verse starts around the 38-second mark. 

As PhillyVoice pointed out, Jernigan does drop a David Akers lyric in the song — “like my name David Akers or I play rugby.” That seems to be a reference to the previous line when Jernigan mentioned kicking and punting. 

While Jernigan rocked his own jersey in the latest video, back in April, in “Hustle Harder” Jernigan was wearing an old-school Grant Hill Pistons jersey. Here’s that track: 

Believe it or not, his budding rap career wasn’t one of the topics of conversation when a few reporters caught up with Jernigan back in May.

Jernigan signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal to return to Philadelphia this past offseason. That came after what has been a wild couple years for Jernigan in Philadelphia. He was traded here, became a big part of the defense, signed a huge contract, suffered a mysterious injury and then the Eagles declined his option this offseason before he returned at an extremely discounted rate. 

The Eagles this offseason also brought in Malik Jackson, who will likely take over as the starting defensive tackle next to Fletcher Cox. That, of course, was Jernigan’s old position. 

“I don’t care,” Jernigan said in May. “I believe in me. I believe in Timmy. Straight up. I believe in Timmy. I hope nobody take that the wrong way.”

He even believes enough in Timmy to wear his jersey in his rap video. 

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Bryce Harper meets some Philly sports legends at the Sixers game

Bryce Harper meets some Philly sports legends at the Sixers game

The new big man in town, Bryce Harper, went to the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night to take in the Sixers game against the Milwaukee Bucks. He rubbed shoulders with some of the previous biggest (little) men in town.

Harper was in attendance and rang the bell prior to tip-off — something he'll surely do many times during Phillies games across the street this summer.

When Harper made his way to his seat in a suite, he was seated alongside Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. Rhys Hoskins was also in the suite as were all of the aforementioned players' significant others. Talk about some serious Philly sports firepower right there.

And then later in the game, the Sixers shared an image of a couple of legendary No. 3s meeting in the bowels of the Center. I'd love to hear the conversation between Allen Iverson and Harper.

Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was also in the building, sitting a bit closer to the court. Rapper Meek Mill was also in the building and took a photo with A.I. Which got me wondering: What's the perfect storm of Philly sports stardom in a Rat Pack sort of way? Obviously you had Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid on the court last night. In terms of the Flyers, aside from Gritty, you'd have to go Claude Giroux or maybe a fun-loving guy like Scott Hartnell from years past? Recently retired players that could fit the bill from other teams would have to include Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and maybe Pat Burrell just for fun. Is anyone in recent Eagles memory a bigger name than Brian Dawkins? He'd fill the fedora quotient. Nick Foles could be fun in a clean and wholesome sort of way.

My Philly sports Rat Pack would consist of A.I., Simmons, Embiid, Kendall Jenner, Wentz, Jason Kelce and Gritty. We got a good portion of that in the building last night.

Who is in your Philly sports Rat Pack?

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