45 Facts About Michael Irvin


Michael Irvin played college football at the University of Miami and was selected in the first round of the 1988 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

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Michael Irvin was nicknamed "The Playmaker" due to his penchant for making big plays in big games during his college and pro careers.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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Michael Irvin was a member 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 triumph over archrival Florida State, which propelled them into the national championship game, the 1988 Orange Bowl, against the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners.

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

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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 coach Tom Landry .

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Michael Irvin became the first rookie receiver in Cowboys' history to start a season opener in 20 years, in which he caught his first career touchdown.

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Michael Irvin caught 3 touchdown passes in the Cowboys' win over the Washington Redskins, one of only three wins that season and the final one of Landry's career.

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Michael Irvin made the All-Pro team that year and was selected to the first of five consecutive Pro Bowls.

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

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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.

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Michael Irvin added seven receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game en route to the Cowboys' third Super Bowl win in a span of four seasons.

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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 .

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

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Michael Irvin sustained a non-life-threatening cervical spine injury but was carted from the field.

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Michael Irvin was diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis, which forced him into early retirement.

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Many of the Eagles fans in the crowd cheered once it became apparent Michael Irvin was injured, and again when a stretcher was delivered to cart him from the field.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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