Michael Irvin wanted no part of Tim Brown coming to Cowboys

AP

Michael Irvin was a great wide receiver, but a terrible recruiter.

Either that, or he didn’t want anyone good challenging his alpha male status in the Cowboys offense of the mid-1990s.

Fellow Hall of Fame wide receiver Tim Brown said Irvin rejected his advances when he was interested in joining the Cowboys as a free agent in 1994. Brown grew up in Dallas and wanted to go home, but Irvin “boisterously declined” at the Pro Bowl.

“I think it was the first year I made the Pro Bowl as a receiver, and I was a free agent going into that offseason, the offseason of ’94, and I ended up signing with the Broncos,” Brown said, via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I sort of happily walked up to Michael thinking it was going to be a great concept, and I said to him, ‘Hey, man, look, man, I’m thinking about coming home to Dallas. I would love to come there and be No. 2 to you.’ He got so upset. ‘Tim Brown, don’t you ever think about coming. . . . ’ I was like, ‘Mike, man, what’s going on?’ He was like, ‘No. I’m glad you told me first. I’m calling Jerry right now and telling him don’t do it.’ So that was pretty much the end of that conversation, and I was a little upset, because I did want to come home, and I wanted to play for the Cowboys. I’m glad that worked out the way it did for many reasons at this particular point. But yeah, that is a true story.”

Brown signed a deal with the Broncos that offseason which the Raiders matched, leading to a 16-year run there. But the idea of dropping a dangerous receiver-return man onto one of the best teams of a generation remains intriguing.

But apparently not to Irvin, who seemingly preferred running with the Alvin Harpers of the world.

37 responses to “Michael Irvin wanted no part of Tim Brown coming to Cowboys

  1. Brown had way too much class for the Cowturds and the Pipemaker, who was too busy stabbing people with scissors and being found strung out in crack houses.

  2. Further proof that while Irvin was a gr8 player he is a total clown as a human as well as being pretty insecure it sounds like.

  3. Sounds like a typical Irvin move. I can’t stand him, his egotistical attitude and much more about him.

    He is probably the primary reason I watch very little of the NFL Network.

  4. That’s because he knows that he didn’t measure up to Tim Brown…on or off the field.

  5. Michael Irvin was simply proving that there was too much “me” in his concept of “team”.

  6. Wow just look at the lemming that believe anything they read on the net. Of course Brown is notorious for spreading lies about coaches and players just to get attention but yeah lets just forget about that. smh

  7. Considering the way that Timmy deliberately badmouthed John Madden in 2006 in an attempt to sabotage his HOF election, I wish that Cliff Branch was being enshrined this year instead of Brown.

  8. A total lack of understanding.

    What kind of numbers could Irvin had put up if the safeties had to worry about Tim on the other side…..

    Talent is one thing……Game smarts are another.

  9. grogseal says:
    Jul 24, 2015 7:54 AM
    Sounds like a typical Irvin move. I can’t stand him, his egotistical attitude and much more about him.

    He is probably the primary reason I watch very little of the NFL Network.
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    Nobody watches NFL network

  10. typical Irvin – only concerned about himself. Brown would have taken passes away from him and he knows it. Hell – he might not even be in the HOF if Brown signed with the cowboys

  11. Irvin may be the most overrated jerk in the history of football other than Joe Namath.

    Certainly the most overrated player in the hall of fame other than Jerome Bettis, who has made a travesty of being selected to it.

  12. Why Get Brown when u already have Irving and Harper! And the best team arguably the most dangerous offence assembled .. It work out for Irving.. CAN U SAY SUPER BOWL RINGS!!

  13. Michael Irvin is a loud mouth conceited Idiot who was great at football.

    Tim Brown was a great Raider on the field.

    Hall of fame worthy…..

    But Tim Had his moments bad mouthing Madden….Gruden (w/Jerry Rice in 02)…..and suggesting Callahan Sabotaged Raiders.

    Tim has his moments

  14. Michael and the Cowboys had a great thing going. Why mess with what’s working. Didn’t Dallas go to another SB without Tim? Just saying.

  15. There’s no proof Irvin made the call. Who says Jerry Jones would have cared what Irvin thought? All Irvin really did was make it clear to Tim Brown that he would not be welcomed.

    Not a surprise that Irvin was threatened by the mere idea of Brown becoming a Cowboy. It’s sad that the NFL glorifies narcissists like him.

  16. I couldnt even imagine the numbers Brown would put up on that Cowboys team.

    Look at how well brown did with the number of idiots at QB over his career. he didnt get a decent QB till Gannon and that was well past his prime.

    You switch Brown with Irvin and i bet Irvin doesnt even make the hall ever.

  17. Tim Brown was done for me when he decided he was going to follow Jon Gruden’s coattails to Tampa Bay.then he wanted to go to Denver and then also to Dallas which means he never cared to be a Raider for life. It was cool though, the jersey I had of his made a great trash can liner.

  18. sedmitch76 says:
    Jul 24, 2015 12:23 PM

    Why Get Brown when u already have Irving and Harper! And the best team arguably the most dangerous offence assembled .. It work out for Irving.. CAN U SAY SUPER BOWL RINGS!!
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    Truly the only thing even remotely offensive here is your butchery of the english language Sir. Typical Cowboy fan…SMDH

  19. “and I ended up signing with the Broncos,”

    Tim Brown signed as a FA with the Broncos? News to me.

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