Bruce Irvin (American football)

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Bruce Irvin
Bruce Irvin in 2013.jpg
Irvin in 2013
No. 51     Seattle Seahawks
Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-11-01) November 1, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: Atlanta, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school: Stone Mountain (GA) Stephenson
College: West Virginia
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15
Debuted in 2012 for the Seattle Seahawks
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Tackles 93
Quarterback sacks 16.5
Forced Fumbles 3
Interceptions 3
Stats at

Bruce Pernell Irvin, Jr. (born November 1, 1987) is an American football linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted in the 1st round of the 2012 NFL Draft, 15th overall by Seattle Seahawks.

Early years[edit]

Irvin attended Stockbridge High School in Stockbridge, GA, until transferring to Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, GA right before his junior year. He dropped out of school during the middle of his junior year.[1]

College career[edit]

Irvin attended Butler Community College before transferring to Mt. San Antonio College. While at Mt. San Antonio Irvin had 72 tackles, 16 sacks, three forced fumbles and a touchdown on a fumble recovery. He was named a JC Athletic Bureau first team All-American and was the all-California Region III player of the year.

Irvin transferred to West Virginia University in 2010. He finished the season second in the nation in sacks with 14.[2] He was a second team all-Big East selection and an honorable mention All-American by[3][4]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3 in 245 lb 33 in 9 in 4.50 s 1.55 s 2.57 s 4.03 s 6.70 s 33.5 in 10 ft 3 in 23 reps
All values from NFL Combine[5]

On April 26, 2012 Irvin was drafted in the NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks with the 15th pick of the 1st round.[6] He was the highest selected West Virginia Mountaineer since Adam Jones in 2005. He signed a 4 year, $9.34 million contract on May 9, 2012 making him the first of the 2012 first round picks to sign a contract. The $9.34 million is fully guaranteed, with a $5.34 million signing bonus. On September 24, 2012, while playing the Green Bay Packers, Irvin attained his first multi-sack game recording 2 sacks. On October 14, 2012, against the Carolina Panthers he recorded 2 more sacks and a forced fumble.

On May 17, 2013, Irvin was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 NFL season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.[7]

In the 2013 offseason, the Seahawks announced that Irvin had moved to outside linebacker. In the base 4-3 scheme, he will be the SAM (strong side) linebacker, but he will play defensive end in Seattle's Wide 9 nickel scheme.[8]

In the 2014 season, Irvin started 15 games for the #1 defense in the NFL. [9] In week 8 against the Carolina Panthers, Irvin recorded back-to-back sacks of quarterback Cam Newton with less than a minute remaining to help preserve a 13-9 victory. The next week, he recorded an interception returned for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders. He would finish the season strong, recording 3.5 sacks and 2 tackles for loss in the last 6 games of the season, all games won by the Seattle Seahawks. In week 17, he registered 5 total tackles, a sack, forced a fumble, and ran back an interception 49 yards for a touchdown. [10] For the season he had 37 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, a forced fumble, 2 interceptions (both returned for touchdowns) and 3 passes defended.

Irvin recorded a sack of Cam Newton again, this time in the divisional round of the 2014-2015 NFL playoffs, in a 31-17 victory.


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