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Encyclopedia > The Playmaker
Michael Irvin

Michael Irvin scores on a 73-yard touchdown reception in the 1987 University of Miami game versus Florida State.
Date of birth March 5, 1966 (age 40)
Place of birth Flag of United States Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Height ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg)
Position(s) WR
College University of Miami
NFL Draft 1988 / Round 1 / Pick 11
Career Highlights
Pro Bowls 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995
Honors NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
Stats
Statistics
Team(s)
1988-1999 Dallas Cowboys
Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2007

Michael Jerome Irvin (born March 5, 1966 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is a former American football player for the Dallas Cowboys and former broadcaster for ESPN's NFL Countdown. He is regarded as one of the most successful wide receivers in the history of the National Football League. Image File history File links Irvin87UM-FSU.jpg‎ Self-produced screenshot of Michael Irvins 73-yard touchdown reception in the 1987 UM-FSU game, which provided the margin of victory for the Hurricanes. ... The University of Miami (also known as UM or just The U) is a private university founded in 1925 with its main campus in the city of Coral Gables in metropolitan Miami, Florida, in the United States. ... The Florida State University (commonly referred to as Florida State or FSU) is a public research university located in Tallahassee, the capital city of Florida. ... 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Irvin, nicknamed "The Playmaker" due to his penchant for making big plays, spent his entire professional playing career as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. On February 3, 2007, he was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors Royal, Navy, Silver, Silver, and White Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969) Capitol Division (1967-1969) National Football... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD (or CE) era. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ...

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University of Miami career

One of 17 children, Irvin was a football star at St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale) and was heavily recruited by the University of Miami, one of the top collegiate football programs in the nation. With the University of Miami, under coach Jimmy Johnson, Irvin set school records for career receptions (143), receiving yards (2,423) and touchdown receptions (26). He was part 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. St. ... The University of Miami (also known as UM or just The U) is a private university founded in 1925 with its main campus in the city of Coral Gables in metropolitan Miami, Florida, in the United States. ... Jimmy Johnson (born August 14, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas) is an American football coach and broadcaster. ... The 1987 Miami Hurricanes were the national champions of the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. ... Steve Walsh (born December 1, 1966 in St. ... The Florida State University (commonly referred to as Florida State or FSU) is a public research university located in Tallahassee, the capital city of Florida. ...


Even at the time, Irvin was known for his exuberance, best displayed by his habit of pointing to the sky with both hands after scoring. Critics referred to the move as hot-dogging, whereas Irvin stated that the gesture was in tribute to his late father. Irvin retired the celebration after forgoing his final year of eligibility to declare for the 1988 NFL Draft. // Round One Round Two Sel# Team Player Pos. ...


Since leaving UM, Irvin has remained a staunch supporter of the Hurricanes' football program, often seen on the Miami sideline during big games and giving tutorials to receivers. He also has acted as a mentor off the field to younger Hurricane players over the years.


NFL career

Irvin was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the 11th selection in the first round of the 1988 NFL Draft. He 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. City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors Royal, Navy, Silver, Silver, and White Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969) Capitol Division (1967-1969) National Football... // Round One Round Two Sel# Team Player Pos. ... Texas Earnest Schramm, Jr. ... Gil Brandt (born March 3, 1933) was a Vice President of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys. ... Thomas Wade Landry (September 11, 1924 – February 12, 2000) was an American football player and coach. ...


"The Playmaker"

His flashy and rebellious style fit in well at the University of Miami, but it quickly drew intrigue and controversy in conservative Dallas. He routinely parked his sports car, with its self-described, customized license plate "The Playmaker," in "No Parking" zones during Cowboys' training camps and he often visited Dallas strip clubs. Nickname: Big D Location in the state of Texas Country United States State Texas Counties Dallas, Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall Incorporated 2 February 1856  - Mayor Laura Miller Area    - City  385. ...


On the field, injuries hampered Irvin's development in 1989 and 1990. But in 1991, he had a breakout season, leading the NFL with 1,523 yards receiving and setting a Cowboys' record with 93 receptions. Along with NFL rushing champion Emmitt Smith, they became the first pair of teammates in the history of the NFL to lead the league in both rushing and receiving yardage. 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Emmitt James Smith III (born May 15, 1969 in Pensacola, Florida) is a former American football player, who played for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. ...


Winning Super Bowls in the 1990s

In 1992 and 1993, Irvin was a key player on the Cowboys' Super Bowl teams. In 1994, he enjoyed another stellar campaign with his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl season, but that year the Cowboys lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. For his part, however, Irvin had one of the most productive games in NFL playoff history, with 12 catches for an NFC championship record 192 yards and two touchdowns. 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager none Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division (1946... A touchdown is the primary method of scoring in American and Canadian football, in which the ball carrier causes the football to break the plane of the end zone, or an eligible receiver catches a forward pass in the end zone, thus earning 6 points for his team (in both...


One of his greatest performances was in Super Bowl XXVII, where he caught 6 passes for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns. His 2 touchdowns catches were both in the second quarter and occurred in a span of just 18 seconds, the fastest pair of touchdowns ever scored by one player in Super Bowl history. He also became only the second player ever to score 2 touchdowns in one quarter of a Super Bowl, after Ricky Sanders in Super Bowl XXII. Date January 31, 1993 Stadium Rose Bowl Stadium City Pasadena, California MVP Troy Aikman, Quarterback Favorite Cowboys by 7 National anthem Garth Brooks Coin toss O.J. Simpson Referee Dick Hantak Halftime show Michael Jackson Attendance 98,374 TV in the United States Network NBC Announcers Dick Enberg and Bob... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Date January 31, 1988 Stadium Jack Murphy Stadium City San Diego, California MVP Doug Williams, Quarterback Favorite Broncos by 3 National anthem Herb Alpert Coin toss Don Hutson Referee Bob McElwee Halftime show Chubby Checker and The Rockettes Attendance 73,302 TV in the United States Network ABC Announcers Al...


In 1995, Irvin set an NFL record by recording 11 straight 100-yard games receiving. He broke his own team records with career highs in receptions (111) and receiving yards (1,603). Dallas steamrolled through the playoffs and, that year, Irvin was a Super Bowl champion for the third time. 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Sex, drugs and injuries

In March of 1996, Irvin was arrested on charges of cocaine possession at a hotel party celebrating his 30th birthday. After numerous court appearances amid a national media circus, which featured Irvin showing up to court in a full-length mink coat, he pled no contest to the charges and was sentenced to community service, ordered to pay a $10,000 fine, and put on 4-years probation. When drug-tested for illicit drugs, he tested negative. But the NFL suspended Irvin for the first five games of the 1996 season. 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Cocaine (or crack in its impure freebase form) is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... In criminal trials in some common law jurisdictions, a plea of nolo contendere means that the defendant neither admits nor disputes the charge, and is an alternative to pleading guilty or not guilty. ... Probation is the suspension of a prison or jail sentence - the criminal who is on probation has been convicted of a crime, but instead of serving prison time, has been found by the Court to be amenable to probation and will be returned to the community for a period in... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...


Irvin was also known as a regular at the "White House", a private pleasure palace near the team's training facility, where he and some Dallas teammates, like lineman Nate Newton, allegedly enjoyed a variety of wanton activities, including drugs and illicit sex. Nate Newton (born December 20, 1961) is a former American Football offensive lineman who played for the Dallas Cowboys (1986-1998) and the Carolina Panthers (1999). ...


In Irvin's 1996 absence, the Cowboys struggled out of the gate and never recovered. Upon his return from suspension, Irvin tallied 962 receiving yards in only 11 games.


Irvin sustained further damage to his reputation when controversy reared its head again as the Cowboys played the Carolina Panthers for their NFC Divisional Playoff game. Media reports stated that Irvin and teammate Erik Williams had sexually assaulted a woman and, with a gun to her head, videotaped the interaction. Despite Williams' and Irvin's denials of the allegations, the story overshadowed the game, which the Cowboys lost. The accuser was later proven to have fabricated the entire incident and faced charges of perjury, but the damage had already been done. City Charlotte, North Carolina Other nicknames The Cardiac Cats Team colors Black, Panther Blue, and Silver Head Coach John Fox Owner Jerry Richardson General manager Marty Hurney Mascot Sir Purr League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) National Football Conference (1995-present) NFC West (1995-2001) NFC South (2002... Erik Williams (born September 7, 1968) is a former American football Offensive Tackle who played most of his career with the Dallas Cowboys (1991-2000). ...


In the first quarter of the playoff game with Carolina, Irvin suffered a broken collarbone. ...


Irvin had solid years in 1997 and 1998. During the fifth game of the 1999 season, however, Irvin was tackled hard at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia by Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Back Tim Hauck, and went head-first into The Vet's infamous concrete surface. As Irvin lay motionless on the Veterans Stadium field, he was infamously greeted by cheers from fans of the rival Philadelphia Eagles, who had grown to despise Irvin and the entire Cowboys' organization. 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Philadelphia Veterans Stadium (or The Vet) was located at the northeast corner of Broad Street and Pattison Avenue in Philadelphia. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol... Tim Hauck (born December 20, 1966 in Butte, Montana) is a former American football Defensive Back. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol...


Irvin was carted off the Philadelphia field on a stretcher, and the play in Philadelphia proved to be his last. The Dallas wide receiver sustained a non-life-threatening cervical spinal cord injury and was subsequently diagnosed with a narrow spinal column, which forced him into early retirement. In vertebrates, cervical vertebrae (singular: vertebra) are those vertebrae immediately behind (caudal to) the skull. ... The spinal cord is a part of the vertebrate nervous system that is enclosed in and protected by the vertebral column (it passes through the spinal canal). ...


NFL records and other honors

Irvin finished his career with 750 receptions (10th all-time in the NFL) for 11,904 yards (9th all-time in the NFL) and 65 touchdowns. His 47 career 100-yard receiving games, which includes an NFL-record setting 11 in a row in 1995, remains the third most in NFL history, behind Jerry Rice (65) and Hall of Famer Don Maynard (50). He was selected to five Pro Bowls (2 more than any other wide receiver in franchise history) and was a key "playmaker" for the Dallas Cowboys that won 6 division titles and three Super Bowls. As part of Dallas' starting lineup on offense, Irvin was a consistent force to be reckoned with in the regular season but he also excelled in postseason play where his six career 100-yard receiving days are just two shy of the NFL mark held by Jerry Rice (8). His 87 postseason receptions place him second in NFL playoff history, again behind Rice (151), and his 1,315 postseason receiving yards ranks second only to Rice (2,245).Hall of Fame inductie. The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors Royal, Navy, Silver, Silver, and White Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969) Capitol Division (1967-1969) National Football...


At 6'4" and 224 pounds, Irvin was a big, physical receiver who manhandled cornerbacks and often was able to make tough catches in defensive traffic. In part because of Irvin's ability to push off the defender with such ease, the NFL eventually changed its rules to adjust to wide receivers who emulated Irvin's physical style. For other uses of National Football League, see National Football League (disambiguation). ...


For Dallas, Irvin was a vocal, emotional leader, who set every significant career receiving mark in team history, such as catches and receiving yards. At the time of his retirement, he owned or was tied for 20 Cowboys receiving records. Despite his "playmaker" style on the field and flashy personality that was evident in his animated, brash commentary as a top NFL analyst for ESPN, Irvin is most remembered by his fellow Cowboys as a consummate teammate. As Fox's Daryl Johnston told a national conference call: "Michael was the hardest working guy on our team. ... He was a guy who made some wrong decisions, but he never took anything public, and he never spoke out against anyone on our team. He wasn't a problem. He was more of an inspiration." This day though Mr. Irvin has high regard for players who are from as he likes to call the University of Miami "the U" as in Frank Gore and Edgerrin James.[1] Daryl Moose Johnston (born February 10, 1966) is a former National Football League fullback who played his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys from (1989-1999). ... Head Coach Randy Shannon 1st Year, 0-0 Home Stadium Miami Orange Bowl Capacity 72,319 - Grass Conference ACC - Coastal First Year 1926 Athletic Director Paul Dee Website HurricaneSports. ... Frank Gore (born on May 14, 1983 in Coral Gables, Florida) is a professional football player in the National Football League. ... Edgerrin Tyree James (born August 1, 1978 in Immokalee, Florida), nicknamed “The Edge” or just “Edge”, is an American football player who currently plays running back for the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL. // James was recruited out of Floridas Immokalee High School by the University of Miami. ...


Along with his former Cowboy teammates Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith, Irvin was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor on September 19, 2005. Troy Kenneth Aikman (born November 21, 1966 in West Covina, California, USA) is a former American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League, and currently a television sportscaster for the Fox network. ... Emmitt James Smith III (born May 15, 1969 in Pensacola, Florida) is a former American football player, who played for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. ... The Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor (RoH) is a ring around Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas which honors former players, coaches and club officials who made outstanding contributions to the Dallas Cowboys football organization. ... September 19 is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Irvin became eligible for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005. He was not selected, however, in 2005 or 2006, his first two years of eligibility. On February 3, 2007, his third year of eligibility, Irvin was finally elected as one of the class of 2007 enshrinees, alongside Thurman Thomas, Bruce Matthews, Roger Wehrli, Charlie Sanders, and Gene Hickerson. Irvin will formally be inducted into the Hall of Fame during induction ceremonies on August 4, 2007 in Canton, Ohio. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD (or CE) era. ... Thurman Lee Thomas (born May 16, 1966 in Houston, Texas) was an American football running back who spent most of his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills. ... Roger Wehrli (born November 26, 1947) was a former National Football League cornerback who played his whole 14-year career with the St. ... Charles Alvin Sanders (born August 25, 1946, Greensboro, North Carolina) is a former American football player who played tight end for the Detroit Lions from 1968-77. ... Gene Hickerson (born February 15, 1935) is a former American Football offensive guard who played for the Cleveland Browns in a fifteen year career from 1958 to 1973. ... August 4 is the 216th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (217th in leap years), with 149 days remaining. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD (or CE) era. ... Website: http://www. ...


After the NFL

A year following his retirement from the NFL, Irvin again was arrested on drug possession charges. In this case, Irvin was in a Dallas apartment with an unrelated woman. Neither answered the door when police drug task force agents arrived with a search warrant. Police entered the apartment forcibly, finding drugs. Irvin and the female were placed under arrest, though charges against Irvin were later dropped.


The promises of a new lifestyle in broadcasting appeared to be short-lived, with Irvin again arrested on drug charges a mere two years later following his self-professed born again Christianity. In this case, Irvin was with his wife when he was pulled over in Plano, Texas for speeding on November 25, 2005. With probable cause, police searched his vehicle and found drug paraphernalia, including plastic bags with marijuana residue. Irvin was arrested for a Class C misdemeanor. He was later released on bond, with ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz saying only that: "We are reviewing the facts of the situation and have no comment at this time." Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament. ... Nickname: An All-American City Location within the state of Texas Coordinates: County Collin County & Denton County Mayor Pat Evans Area    - City 185. ... ESPN, formerly the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ...

Irvin's mug shot photo during his November 2005 arrest.
Irvin's mug shot photo during his November 2005 arrest.

Two days after his arrest, Irvin appeared on ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown", as scheduled, on November 27, 2005. In his on-the-air comments that evening, he stated that he had taken the drug paraphernalia away from a longtime friend who was battling a drug addiction. Irvin told the Associated Press he was trying to help someone close to him get off drugs and cares more about that than his chances of being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The next day Irvin said the pipe was in fact his brother's and he (Irvin) was going to throw it out but had forgotten to do so. Image File history File linksMetadata Irvinmug. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Irvinmug. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ...


On December 1, 2005, however, ESPN suspended Irvin for the Sunday and Monday Night Countdown shows on December 4 and December 5, 2005.[2] He returned to both shows with no mention or consequence of the past incident. ESPN, formerly the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ...


Controversy continued to follow Irvin when during a November 2006 radio interview on the Dan Patrick show, Irvin joked that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo's athletic ability may have been due to African-American heritage, and made references to Romo's maternal relatives being involved with "slave brothers". [3] Irvin later apologized. He explained himself saying, "this is how I joke around with Romo when we're playing basketball. There's a difference from me the player and me the broadcaster". [4] Daniel Patrick Pugh (born May 15, 1956), better known as Dan Patrick, is an American sportscaster from Mason, Ohio. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors Royal, Navy, Silver, Silver, and White Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Western Conference (1960) Eastern Conference (1961-1969) Capitol Division (1967-1969) National Football... Antonio Ramiro Tony Romo (born April 21, 1980, in San Diego) is a professional football player. ...


On February 17, 2007, during its late edition of SportsCenter, ESPN announced that Irvin was no longer with the network. ESPN Communications Vice President Josh Krulewitz said of Irvin, "We thank Michael for his contributions to ESPN and wish him well." The reasons behind Irvin leaving the network are not currently known. This article is about the American ESPN show. ...


Personal

Michael Irvin married Sandy Harrell in June, 1990; they have four children. He also has a daughter, Myesha Beyonca, by former girlfriend, Felicia Walker. 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Irvin's niece, Sandora Irvin, was a standout basketball player at Texas Christian University. On April 16, 2005, Sandora was selected by the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA in their annual draft. Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... Texas Christian University is a private, coeducational university located in Fort Worth, Texas. ... April 16 is the 106th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (107th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Phoenix Mercury is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The Womens National Basketball Association or WNBA is an organization governing a professional basketball league for women in the United States. ... The WNBA Draft is an annual draft held by the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) through which WNBA teams can select new players from a talent pool of college and professional womens basketball players. ...


Irvin's cousin, Sedrick Irvin, was an outstanding running back at Michigan State University. Sedrick is Michigan State's 4th all-time career leading rusher with 3,504 rushing yards and was selected in the 4th round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. Michigan State University (MSU) is a public university in East Lansing, Michigan. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ...


Irvin was a co-star in the 2005 remake of The Longest Yard, starring Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. He also was one of the "Pros" on an episode of Pros vs. Joes, which pits former pro athletes against average people. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section seems to contain too many quotations for an encyclopedia entry. ... Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, producer, and musician (he sings and plays the guitar). ... Chris Rock (born February 7, 1966 (sometimes given as 1965[1]) in Andrews, South Carolina) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ...


On Feburary 17th 2007 ESPN announced that Irvin will not return to NFL Countdown next season.


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Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor inductees

1975: Bob Lilly | [1976: Don Meredith | 1976: Don Perkins | 1977: Chuck Howley | 1981: Mel Renfro | 1983: Roger Staubach | 1989: Lee Roy Jordan | 1993: Tom Landry | 1994: Tony Dorsett | 1994: Randy White | 2001: Bob Hayes | 2003: Tex Schramm | 2004: Cliff Harris | 2004: Rayfield Wright | 2005: Troy Aikman | 2005: Emmitt Smith | 2005: Michael Irvin The Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor (RoH) is a ring around Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas which honors former players, coaches and club officials who made outstanding contributions to the Dallas Cowboys football organization. ... Bob Lilly (born July 26, 1939) is an American football player and photographer. ... Don Meredith (born April 10, 1938 in Mount Vernon, Texas) was an American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. ... Don Perkins (born March 4, 1938 in Waterloo, Iowa) was an American football running back who spent eight seasons with the NFLs Dallas Cowboys. ... Chuck Howley (born June 28, 1936 in Wheeling, West Virginia a Pittsburgh suburb) was an American football linebacker who spent most of his career with the Dallas Cowboys. ... Melvin Lacy Mel Renfro (born December 30, 1941 in Houston, Texas) is a former American football cornerback and safety who spent his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys. ... Roger Thomas Staubach (born February 5, 1942) is a businessman, Heisman Trophy winner and former American professional football player where he was the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys for most of the 1970s during their reign as Americas Team. ... Lee Roy Jordan (born April 27, 1941 in Excel, Alabama) was an NFL football player who played linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960s and 70s. ... Thomas Wade Landry (September 11, 1924 – February 12, 2000) was an American football player and coach. ... Anthony Drew Dorsett (born April 7, 1954 in the Pittsburgh suburb of Rochester, Pennsylvania) was an American football running back who was a star in college football and the NFL. Dorsett was a star running back at University of Pittsburgh and helped to lead them to a national title in... Randy Lee White (born January 15, 1953 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was an All-American football player with the University of Maryland in 1974, and was the Dallas Cowboys first-round draft pick in 1975. ... Robert Lee (Bullet Bob) Hayes (December 20, 1942 – September 18, 2002) was an American track and field athlete and American football player. ... Texas Earnest Schramm, Jr. ... Cliff Harris was an American Football player. ... Rayfield Wright (born in August 23, 1945 in Griffin, Georgia) is a former American football player for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. ... Troy Kenneth Aikman (born November 21, 1966 in West Covina, California, USA) is a former American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League, and currently a television sportscaster for the Fox network. ... Emmitt James Smith III (born May 15, 1969 in Pensacola, Florida) is a former American football player, who played for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. ...

National Football League | NFL's 1990s All-Decade Team

Brett Favre | John Elway | Barry Sanders | Emmitt Smith | Terrell Davis | Thurman Thomas | Cris Carter | Jerry Rice | Tim Brown | Michael Irvin | Shannon Sharpe | Ben Coates | Willie Roaf | Gary Zimmerman | Tony Boselli | Richmond Webb | Bruce Matthews | Randall McDaniel |
Larry Allen | Steve Wisniewski | Dermontti Dawson | Mark Stepnoski | Bruce Smith | Reggie White | Chris Doleman | Neil Smith |
Cortez Kennedy | John Randle | Warren Sapp | Bryant Young | Kevin Greene | Junior Seau | Derrick Thomas | Cornelius Bennett |
Hardy Nickerson | Levon Kirkland | Deion Sanders | Rod Woodson | Darrell Green | Aeneas Williams | Steve Atwater | LeRoy Butler |
Carnell Lake | Ronnie Lott | Darren Bennett | Sean Landeta | Morten Andersen | Gary Anderson | Mel Gray | Michael Bates |
Bill Parcells | Marv Levy For other uses of National Football League, see National Football League (disambiguation). ... The NFL 1990s All-Decade Team was a fictional team comprised of outstanding performers in the National Football League in the 1990s chosen by voters of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. ... Brett Lorenzo Favre (Rhymes with starve) (born October 10, 1969 in Gulfport, Mississippi) is the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. ... John Albert Elway, Jr. ... Barry David Sanders (born July 16, 1968) is a Hall of Fame American football running back from the NFL who spent his entire professional career with the Detroit Lions. ... Emmitt James Smith III (born May 15, 1969 in Pensacola, Florida) is a former American football player, who played for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. ... Terrell Lamar Davis (born October 28, 1972 in San Diego, California) is a former Denver Broncos running back from 1995 to 2001. ... Thurman Lee Thomas (born May 16, 1966 in Houston, Texas) was an American football running back who spent most of his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills. ... Cris Carter (born November 25, 1965 in Troy, Ohio) is a former American football player. ... Jerry Lee Rice (born October 13, 1962 in Crawford, Mississippi) is a former football wide receiver in the NFL. Rice is widely regarded as the greatest wide receiver in NFL history, consistently showing exceptional performance and strong work ethic on and off of the field. ... Tim Brown (born July 22, 1966) is a retired National Football League player who was predominantly used as a wide receiver and also as a kick and punt returner early in his career. ... Shannon Sharpe (born June 26, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former AFC tight end and wide receiver who played 12 of his 14 seasons with the Denver Broncos in the NFL. Sharpe is known most for his creative commentary and trash talking as well as for being the premier... Ben Coates (born August 16, 1969 in Greenwood, South Carolina) is an American former NFL tight end, former CIAA football coach and current NFL Tight Ends coach. ... William Layout Roaf (born April 18, 1970 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas) is an American football offensive tackle currently playing for the Kansas City Chiefs. ... Gary Zimmerman was born Dec. ... Don Anthony Tony Boselli, Jr. ... Richmond Jewel Webb (born January 11, 1967) was a offensive tackle in the NFL. He was the eighth overall pick by the Miami Dolphins in the 1990 NFL Draft. ... Bruce Rankin Matthews is an American former NFL offensive lineman. ... Randall McDaniel was an offensive guard in the NFL. He began his pro career in 1988 after being drafted by the VIkings, and played with them until 1999, when he went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ... Larry Christopher Allen (born on November 27, 1971 at Los Angeles, California) is an NFL player who currently plays offensive guard for the San Francisco 49ers. ... Steve Wisniewski was a offensive guard in the NFL. ... Dermontti Dawson (born June 17, 1965 in Lexington, Kentucky) is a former American NFL center, who played his entire career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. ... This article or section contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... Bruce Smith (b. ... Reginald Howard Reggie White (December 19, 1961 – December 26, 2004) was a professional American football player. ... Chris Doleman is a former American Football player who played Defensive End for the Minnesota Vikings (1985 through 1993, 1999), Atlanta Falcons (1994 through 1995), and the San Francisco 49ers (1996_1998). ... Neil Smith (born April 10, 1966 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former defensive end in the NFL who played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1988 to 1996, Denver Broncos from 1997 to 1999, and the San Diego Chargers in 2000. ... Cortez Kennedy is a former American Football Defensive Tackle who played for the Seattle Seahawks. ... John Randle (born December 12, 1967) is a former NFL defensive tackle who played for the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks. ... Warren Carlos Sapp (born December 19, 1972 in Orlando, Florida) is a professional football player for the NFLs Oakland Raiders. ... Bryant Colby Young (Born January 27, 1972, Chicago Heights, Illinois) is an American Football player who currently plays Defensive Tackle for the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL. College Career At the University of Notre Dame, Bryant Young was a three-year starter. ... Kevin Greene is a former NFL football player and WCW professional wrestler. ... Tiaina Seau, Jr. ... Derrick Vincent Thomas (January 1, 1967 – February 8, 2000) was an NFL linebacker who played his entire professional career for the Kansas City Chiefs. ... Cornelius Bennett (born August 25, 1965) is a former American football linebacker who played for the Buffalo Bills from 1987 to 1995, Atlanta Falcons from 1996 to 1998, and the Indianapolis Colts from 1999 to 2000. ... Hardy Otto Nickerson was a linebacker in the NFL. He earned a BA degree in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. ... Lorenzo Levon Kirkland (born February 16, 1969) was an all-pro linebacker in the NFL. A second-round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1992, he went on to play 11 years in the NFL including 9 seasons with the Steelers, and one each for the Seattle Seahawks and... Deion Luwynn Sanders (born August 9, 1967 in Fort Myers, Florida) is an American former National Football League cornerback, Major League Baseball outfielder, and CBS Sports commentator. ... Roderick Kevin Rod Woodson (born March 10, 1965 in Fort Wayne, Indiana) was a professional American football player. ... Darrell Green (born February 15, 1960) is a former NFL cornerback for the Washington Redskins from 1983 to 2002. ... Aeneas Williams is a former American NFL cornerback and free safety, who last played with the St. ... Stephen Dennis Atwater (born October 28, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former American football player who spent most of his career playing free safety for the Denver Broncos of the NFL. // He attended Lutheran High School North in St. ... LeRoy Butler (born July 19, 1968) is a former American football strong safety who played his entire career with the Green Bay Packers (1990-2001). ... Carnell Lake was a defensive back in the NFL. He played for the Pittsburgh Steelers. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Darren Bennett (born January 9, 1965 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian who had a moderately successful career in Australian Rules football, followed by a far more substantial career in American football as a punter. ... Sean Landeta(BornJanuary 6,1962) is a National Football League punter with the St. ... Morten Andersen (born August 19, 1960, in Copenhagen, Denmark) is an American football placekicker with the Atlanta Falcons. ... Gary Anderson (born July 16, 1959 in Parys, Free State, South Africa) is currently the NFLs career points scoring leader. ... Mel Gray (born March 16, 1961) was a kick returner in the NFL. He played with the New Orleans Saints, the Detroit Lions, Houston Oilers, and the Philadelphia Eagles. ... Michael Bates (born December 19, 1969) is an American former two-sport athlete who gained renown both as a sprinter who won an Olympic bronze medal in the 200-meter dash in 1992, and also as a four-time Pro Bowl standout kick returner in the National Football League. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Marvin Daniel Levy (born August 3, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois) is currently the General Manager and Vice President of Football Operations for the Buffalo Bills. ...


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