Bruce Irvin (American football)

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Bruce Irvin
Bruce Irvin in 2013.jpg
Irvin in 2013
No. 51  Seattle Seahawks
Position: 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: 248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school: Stone Mountain (GA) Stephenson
College: West Virginia
NFL draft: 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15
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 NFL.com

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. Irvin, who played in both Super Bowl XLVIII and Super Bowl XLIX, became the first player ever to be ejected from a Super Bowl when he was ejected on the penultimate play of the latter.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3] He was a second team all-Big East selection and an honorable mention All-American by SI.com.[4][5]

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[6]

On April 26, 2012 Irvin was drafted in the NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks with the 15th pick of the 1st round.[7] 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.[8]

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.[7]

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.

In the final twenty seconds of Super Bowl XLIX, Irvin was ejected from the game after committing an unnecessary roughness penalty by punching New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski that incited a brawl;[11] he was also fined $10,000.[12] He is the first player ever ejected from a Super Bowl.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Almasy, Steve (February 2, 2015). "The worst call in Super Bowl history and other memorable moments". CNN. Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin was kicked out -- the first player in the game's history to be ejected. 
  2. ^ "Former high school dropout Bruce Irvin now excelling at West Virginia - College Football News - FOX Sports on MSN". FOX Sports. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "2014 NCAA College Football Stats - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  4. ^ BIG EAST Announces 2010 Postseason Football Honors
  5. ^ "Bleacher Report". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Bruce Irvin Combine Profile", NFL.com 
  7. ^ a b "Bruce Irvin to play linebacker for Seattle Seahawks". NFL.com. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Seahawks' Bruce Irvin Suspended, ESPN.com. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  9. ^ "NFL Stats: by Team Category". nfl.com. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Bruce Irvin". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  11. ^ Scott, Nate (February 1, 2015). "Massive brawl breaks out in closing seconds of Super Bowl". USA Today. The Seahawks’ Bruce Irvin was ejected from the game for instigating the fight. 
  12. ^ "Bruce Irvin fined $10K for scuffle". 

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