The Jacksonville Jaguars along with players Nick Greisen, Tony Gilbert, Nick Sorensen and Gerald Sensabaugh invited children from the Bridge of Northeast Florida and the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida to a private screening of the movie "Invincible."
Inspired by a true story, the movie chronicles the life of a substitute teacher, Vince Papale, from Philadelphia who despite not playing football in college, attended an open call for tryouts for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles and earned a roster spot.
The movie has a great message for everyone young and old. It is never too late to give up on achieving a goal or dream, and the message is proven and portrayed in the movie.
Maria Diez, program manager with The Bridge of Northeast Florida, was delighted her after school children had the opportunity to experience a wonderful time with the Jaguars players.
"This is a great experience for our kids," Diez said. "I think it's good that the movie talks about motivation and determination which will encourage our kids."
Linebacker Nick Greisen, who viewed the movie with the entire Jaguars team during training camp, addressed the group for a few minutes before the movie started.
"As you watch the movie you will realize the player in the movie has an opportunity to fulfill his dream, become a great player and a great person for the city of Philadelphia," Greisen said. "Look for the desire he portrays. What really pushes the character? He has a will and determination that just won't quit."
Safety Nick Sorensen had a great time at the movies with the children and hoped they were able to receive what the movie had to offer.
"The kids looked excited walking in today," Sorensen said. "I think they will get a lot out of the movie. It has a lot of good morals and shows that a good work ethic pays off."
Papale played three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles at wide receiver. A shoulder injury ended his career in 1979. Currently, Papale is the regional director of marketing and senior account executive for higher-education marketing at Sallie Mae.
He resides in Cherry Hill, New Jersey with his wife Janet and two children, Gabriella and Vincent.