AFL Athletes Hit The Silver Screen

21 August 2006 Arena Football League
When the movie "Invincible" opens on Friday, August 25, AFL fans will see approximately 50 Arena Football players in theaters nationwide.  The movie, which is based on the NFL career of Vince Papale of the Philadelphia Eagles (1976-78), starts Mark Wahlberg (as Papale) and Greg Kinnear (as Dick Vermeil).
Many AFL players have participated in previous football films (The Longest Yard, The Waterboy, Any Given Sunday) as extras, teammates or the stars’ body-doubles. This film is no different as current Orlando Predators’ WR/LB Clif Dell and former Predators OS Travis McGriff play Wahlberg’s body-double during the on-field action sequences.
Tampa Bay Storm QB Pat O'Hara devotes his offseason working for Reel Sports, a company based in South Carolina that recruits athletes, provides choreography and consulting services on sports movies. O’Hara has played an integral role in placing AFL players in many football-related movies.
“Invincible” tells the unlikely story of a down-on-his luck teacher and part-time bartender, Papale, who earned a roster spot on the Philadelphia Eagles after attending an open tryout. Open tryouts, a staple to the AFL, are held every offseason throughout the league. For more information on open tryouts, visit
A complete list of AFL players who’ll be seen on the silver screen is below:
Philadelphia Eagles Offense -  Player  - AFL Team
Mark Wahlberg Double - Travis McGriff - Free Agent
Mark Wahlberg Double - Clif Dell - Orlando Predators
Harold Carmichael - Darryl Hammond - Free Agent
Turron Kofi Alleyne Double - Tony Locke - Los Angeles Avengers
Wide Receiver - Robert Gordon - Free Agent
Quarterback - Brian Mann - Los Angeles Avengers
Running Back - Coco Blalock - Las Vegas Gladiators
Tight End - Cornelius White - Philadelphia Soul
Tackle - Dave Armstrong - Free Agent
Tackle - Bill Duff - Free Agent
Guard - Paul LaQuerre - Las Vegas Gladiators
Center - Jason Gamble - Georgia Force
Philadelphia Eagles Defense -  Player - AFL Team
Defensive End - Leroy Thompson - Columbus Destroyers
Defensive Tackle - Ricky Hall - Tampa Bay Storm
Ed German - Cosmo DeMatteo - Arizona Rattlers
Middle Linebacker - Kevin Nagle - Orlando Predators
Nicoye Banks Double - Keita Crespina - Free Agent
Cornerback - TJ Hill - Las Vegas Gladiators
Free Safety - Evan Hlavacek - Colorado Crush
Strong Safety - Donald Malloy - Free Agent
Kicker - Ignacio Brache - Free Agent
Punter - Justin Skinner - Free Agent
John Outlaw - Ben Bronson - Free Agent
New York Giants Offense - Player - AFL Team
Quarterback- Chris Sanders - Kansas City Brigade
Fullback - Kevin Ingram - Los Angeles Avengers
Left Tackle - Matt Storm - Free Agent
Right Guard - Dustin Barno - Colorado Crush
Right Tackle - Juan Long - Free Agent
New York Giants Defense - Player - AFL Team
Defensive Tackle - Jeff Cogell - Free Agent
Cornerback - Brian Sump - Chicago Rush
Free Safety - Eddie Galles - Columbus Destroyers
Strong Safety - Carl Bond - Columbus Destroyers
Weakside Linebacker - Ronney Daniels - Free Agent
Dallas Cowboys Offense - Player - AFL Team
Roger Staubach - Sam Clemons - New York Dragons
Robert Newhouse - Lamont Moore - Dallas Desperados
Preston Pearson - Sirr Parker - Free Agent
Golden Richards - Joe Douglass - Las Vegas Gladiators
Drew Pearson - Maurice Bryant - Las Vegas Gladiators
Ralph Neely - Robert Clayton - Free Agent
Burton Lawless - Ken Kocher - Columbus Destroyers
John Fitzgerald - Sean McNamara - Los Angeles Avengers
Rayfield Wright - Ernest Certain - Tampa Bay Storm
Billy Joe Dupree - Scottie Nicholson - Free Agent
Dallas Cowboys K/O Return -  Player - AFL Team
Lee Roy Jordan - Dane Krager - Austin Wranglers
Ed “Too Tall” Jones - Gladston Taylor - Free Agent
Butch Johnson - Damien Groce - Arizona Rattlers
“Rough Touch” Football Game - Player - AFL Team
Home Team Member - Anastasios Apostolidis - Free Agent
Toruchi’s Team Member - Rocco Forgione - Nashville Kats
Toruchi’s Team Member - Rob Milanese - Philadelphia Soul

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