NFL rookies attended a symposium where they were given classes on many different topics to aid in their transition to the league. Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin was a guest speaker with a powerful message.
Not just rookies should hear what he has to say but even some that have been in the NFL for some time as well. Irvin knows about how the trappings of a new lifestyle can snare some players.
Irvin actually grew up in what he has himself called the ghetto of Fort Lauderdale, Florida before becoming a standout wide receiver fo the University of Miami football program.
In a documentary on the university, Irvin has said before that players of “The U” were treated with a celebrity status and like royalty even more than the local NFL franchise team, the Miami Dolphins.
Irvin garnered the nickname “The Playmaker” and the Dallas Cowboys agreed with that notion. They selected him in the first round of the 1988 NFL Draft where he played for 11 years, winning 3 Super Bowls, 5 Pro Bowl selections, and inducted into the 2007 NFL Hall of Fame.
Irvin gave a eye-opening message to the rookies letting them know that they are part of something bigger now in the NFL and that it’s vital that “we must treat it as such”.