Dallas Cowboys legend Michael Irvin is known for catching touchdowns and providing wisdom.
The touchdowns came frequently during a 12-season career, one where Irvin regularly attained Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors. Younger football fans who missed watching Irvin play have likely seen the former Dallas Cowboys lend insightful quotes and advice on the air at NFL Network.
Irvin’s son, Michael II, just shared the most important advice his father gave him — and it has nothing to do with how to secure a pass in the end zone.
Michael Irvin is a Dallas Cowboys icon
Irvin, the 11th overall pick in 1988, retired after the 1999 season with three rings on his hand. The dangerous wideout hauled in 750 catches for 11,904 yards and 65 touchdowns in 12 seasons.
Irvin made the Pro Bowl every year from 1991-95 and earned first-team All-Pro honors in 1991 when he totaled 93 catches, 1,523 yards, and eight touchdowns.
Irvin never let his teammates down in the playoffs, catching 87 passes for 1,315 yards and eight touchdowns in 16 career postseason games. Dallas has not reached the Super Bowl since the trio of Irvin, quarterback Troy Aikman, and running back Emmitt Smith all retired.
His son, Michael II, plays tight end in college
Michael Irvin’s son, Michael II, followed in his footsteps.
Standing 6 feet 3 inches and weighing 234 pounds, the younger Irvin is currently a graduate transfer tight end at Florida Atlantic University. Although Irvin drew the start in four of FAU’s first six games, he only had one catch for five yards.
Irvin had 11 catches for 111 yards at the University of Miami from 2016-19. He might have another opportunity to play next year if he applied for a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA.
The NCAA granted the possibility of an extra year to all players this year.
FAU has two regular-season games remaining on its 2020 schedule. At 5-1, the Owls have a strong case to make a bowl game if enough postseason games happen.
Michael Irvin II shared what his father told him
Whether he’s breaking down a meaningful NFL play or complaining about losing recipes, Michael Irvin has developed a reputation in retirement for spouting wisdom.
Evidently, that trait isn’t just exclusive to when Irvin is on TV for the NFL Network or doing radio hits.
In an interview posted on the school’s website, Michael Irvin II said the best stories and advice he learned from his father were more “family-oriented.”
“He tells stories about being in the league and playing ball all those years, but most of the time he’ll joke around about it, be very boastful. He’s a funny dude. But usually, I learn more from the things that he’s gone through with my mom or with his mom. … He’s made some mistakes in his life but he’s very transparent about it, and he’s a great father, great man.”
The older Irvin has attended many of his son’s games through the years. It is clear that the father has left a sizable impact on his son, who turned 23 in May.
Michael Irvin II might have a tough road to making the NBA, especially with his lack of stats at the college level. But the lessons his father gave him can stick with him for life.