Michael Irvin

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Sports Speaker Michael Irvin’s nickname is The Playmaker for a reason—whenever the Hall of Famer was on the football field, he made things happen. From his time in college at the University of Miami to his professional career playing for the Dallas Cowboys, the wide receiver was known for his big plays and even bigger personality. Setting school records at the University of Miami for touchdown and career receptions under coach Jimmy Johnson, The Playmaker also caught the 73 yard fourth quarter touchdown that secured the 1987 National Championship win for Miami. Not long after, Michael entered the NFL draft and was picked by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round.

As one of The Triplets, the three widely famed and unstoppable players on the Cowboy’s offense that referred to Michael, Emmitt Smith, and Troy Aikman, Michael helped carry the team to three Super Bowls wins and recorded 65 touchdowns, 750 receptions, and nearly 12,000 receiving yards over his professional career. He was selected to five Pro Bowls, the most of any other wide receiver in history, and was named MVP of the 1992 Pro Bowl. Forced into early retirement because of a career ending injury in 1999, his accomplishments led to inductions into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, and most impressively, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007, as well as a spot on the Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players. Though he was a great player, Michael is an even greater leader, and has been called an inspiration by his teammates.

Michael’s personality has transferred well onto the big screen. He serves as an analyst for the NFL network alongside Kurt Warner, Steve Mariucci, Warren Sapp, and Marshall Faulk and also competed on season nine of Dancing with the Stars. Additionally, he starred in films such as The Longest Yard with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock and Sandler’s other movie Jack & Jill. The father of four also mentors and supports football players at his college alma mater and hosts his own local radio show.