59 Facts About Michael Irvin


Michael Jerome Irvin was born on March 5,1966 and is an American sports commentator and former professional football player.


Michael Irvin played his entire 12-year career as a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.


Michael Irvin spent his entire 12-year NFL career from 1988 to 1999 with the Cowboys before it ended abruptly from a cervical spine injury sustained in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Veterans Stadium on October 10,1999 in which Irvin was carted from the field and transported by ambulance to a Philadelphia hospital.


Michael Irvin was nicknamed "Playmaker" due to his penchant for making big plays in big games during his college and pro careers, and he relished the nickname, even acquiring "PLY MKR" as his Texas vanity license plate.


Michael Irvin is widely regarded as one of the greatest wide receivers of all time.


Michael Irvin is a former broadcaster for ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown and currently an analyst for NFL Network.


Michael Irvin was born March 5,1966 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


Michael Irvin is the 15th of 17 children in his family.


Michael Irvin first attended Piper High School in Sunrise, Florida and then went on to become a football star at St Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale.


At the University of Miami under coach Jimmy Johnson, Michael Irvin set school records for the Miami Hurricanes for career receptions, receiving yards, and touchdown receptions.


Michael Irvin was a member of the University of Miami's 1987 national championship team and made one of the most legendary plays in school history that year, scoring on a 73-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass from Steve Walsh that provided the margin of victory in Miami's victory over archrival Florida State, which propelled them into the national championship game, the 1988 Orange Bowl, against the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners.


In 1988, following his junior year at the University of Miami, Michael Irvin announced he was skipping his final year of college eligibility and declaring his eligibility for the 1988 NFL Draft.


Michael Irvin was selected by the Dallas Cowboys as the 11th selection in the first round of the 1988 NFL Draft.


Michael Irvin was the last first-round draft pick made by the Cowboys under the leadership of long-time general manager Tex Schramm, player personnel director Gil Brandt, and head coach Tom Landry.


Schramm predicted that Michael Irvin would accelerate the Cowboys' "return to the living".


Michael Irvin had been on pace to gain over 1,000 receiving yards until tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a game against the San Francisco 49ers on October 15,1989, after which he was placed on the injured reserve list for the rest of the 1989 season and the first three games of the 1990 season.


In 1990, Michael Irvin did not register his first reception until the seventh game and finished the season with just 20 receptions for 413 yards, but he averaged 20.7-yards per catch.


In 1991, Michael Irvin was a major factor in the Cowboys reaching the playoffs.


Michael Irvin finished the season with 93 receptions, 1,523 receiving yards, eight receiving touchdowns, and set a Cowboys franchise record with seven 100-yard games.


Michael Irvin was named to the 1991 Pro Bowl, the first of five consecutive seasons in which he was selected to Pro Bowls.


In 1992 and 1993, Michael Irvin was a key player on the Cowboys' Super Bowl teams.


Michael Irvin became only the second player ever to score 2 touchdowns in one quarter of a Super Bowl, after Washington Redskins wide receiver Ricky Sanders in Super Bowl XXII.


Michael Irvin had seven receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game, which led the Cowboys to Super Bowl XXIV, which was the team's third Super Bowl win in a span of four seasons.


Michael Irvin is the only player to play for each of the first four Cowboys coaches since the team has been owned by Jerry Jones.


Michael Irvin officially announced his retirement after Dave Campo became the fifth Cowboys coach, but Michael Irvin never played on the field for Campo.


Michael Irvin sustained a non-life-threatening cervical spine injury but was carted from the field and transported by ambulance to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.


Michael Irvin was the last Tom Landry-coached player to retire from the NFL.


In 2000, Michael Irvin was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame.


Michael Irvin finished his career with 750 receptions for 11,904 yards and 65 touchdowns.


Michael Irvin was a key playmaker for the Dallas Cowboys that won 6 division titles and three Super Bowls.


From 1991 through 1998, Michael Irvin recorded 1,000-yard seasons in all but one year, racking up an impressive 10,265 yards over an eight-year span.


Michael Irvin was one of three former NFL players with Cowboys ties selected for induction into the 2007 class of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, all of whom were inducted at a February 2008 ceremony in Waco, Texas.


In 2007, Michael Irvin was named to Florida High School Athletic Association's All-Century Team that listed the Top 33 football players in the state of Florida's 100-year history of high school football.


Michael Irvin became eligible for induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005.


Michael Irvin was selected in his third year of eligibility, on February 3,2007, alongside Gene Hickerson, Bruce Matthews, Thurman Thomas, Charlie Sanders, and Roger Wehrli.


Michael Irvin was formally inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during the Hall of Fame's August 4,2007 induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio.


Michael Irvin's speech has been praised by many NFL commentators as heartfelt, including those who had been inclined to dislike him.


Michael Irvin was a vocal, emotional leader who set every significant career receiving mark in Cowboys history, including catches and receiving yards.


Michael Irvin was a guy who made some wrong decisions, but he never took anything public, and he never spoke out against anyone on our team.


Michael Irvin has high regard for players from "The U," as he likes to call the University of Miami, including Frank Gore, Edgerrin James, and others.


Michael Irvin recanted her story, pled guilty to perjury and filing a false police report, and was sentenced to 90 days in jail and a fine.


On July 29,1998, Michael Irvin allegedly assaulted fellow Cowboys offensive lineman Everett McIver.


The initial dispute stemmed from Michael Irvin demanding that McIver vacate a barber's chair so that Michael Irvin would not have to wait for a haircut.


McIver and Michael Irvin soon began a brawl in the shop with fellow Cowboy Leon Lett attempting to break it up.


In June 2001, a year following his NFL retirement, Michael Irvin was arrested for felony cocaine possession.


Michael Irvin was in a Dallas apartment with an unrelated woman, and neither answered the door when police drug task force agents arrived with a search warrant.


On November 25,2005, Michael Irvin was pulled over in Plano, Texas for speeding.


Michael Irvin returned to both shows with no mention or consequence of the past incident.


Michael Irvin filed a $100million defamation countersuit, which was dropped when the case was settled out of court in January 2011.


On January 12,2009, Michael Irvin claimed he was a victim of a possible carjacking attempt while stopped at a light in Dallas.


Michael Irvin filed a police report claiming that two men flashed a gun at him but eventually drove away after commenting that they were Cowboys fans.


Dallas police suspended their investigation two weeks later, stating that Michael Irvin had not cooperated in the investigation and that they could not proceed without his cooperation.


On February 17,2007, during the late edition of SportsCenter, ESPN announced that Michael Irvin was no longer with the network.


Michael Irvin was a co-star in the 2005 remake of The Longest Yard, starring Adam Sandler and Chris Rock.


Michael Irvin was one of the "Pros" on an episode of Pros vs Joes, which pitted former professional athletes against average people.


Michael Irvin was the host of 4th and Long, a football-themed reality series which aired on Spike TV.


Michael Irvin has a supporting role in the 2017 basketball drama Slamma Jamma as a sleazy sports agent.


In 2011, Michael Irvin spoke with Out magazine about his homosexual older brother, who died of stomach cancer in 2006.


Michael Irvin claimed his initial feelings of homophobia in relation to his brother led to womanizing during his playing days but eventual acceptance and feelings of love toward his older brother initiated his understanding for people with difficulty sharing their circumstances.