We’ll admit that we gave Michael Irvin a hard time during his stint at ESPN. But we’ll also admit that we were moved by his Hall of Fame acceptance speech from 2007, and that we have viewed him in a much different light since then.
He is now in danger of making it onto our short list of living heroes, based on his recent appearance on NFL Network’s Total Access.
Despite his own bad behavior during his playing days (or possibly because of it), Irvin speaks with authority and wisdom when he discusses the current state of bad behavior in the NFL, and Commissioner Roger Goodell’s role in trying to minimize it.
Irvin particularly is close to earning a spot on the list of men we deeply admire because, unlike so many other former players, he understands the difference between a mistake and a lifestyle.
Irvin pointed out that he uses the term “bad decisions,” not “mistakes,” because no one accidentally does something they shouldn’t do.
And he’s right. And we hope he keeps sending that message to anyone who’ll listen, regardless of whether they play in the NFL.