Bruce Irvin getting his degree from WVU, six years after leaving

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Bruce Irvin left West Virginia University in 2012. Six years later, he’s back. And he’s getting his degree.

Irvin explained to Tony Caridi, play-by-play announcer extraordinaire for West Virginia football and men’s basketball, the reasons for finishing what he started.

“Coming here, every athlete wants to go the NFL, that’s their dream,” Irvin said. “If they tell you it’s not, they’re probably lying to you. I was one of the few that was fortunate enough to be able to accomplish my dream and being drafted in the NFL in the first round. And don’t get me wrong, I do really well on my money, so I didn’t have to get my degree.

“It was just something that I looked at like, it’s bigger than me. It’s for my son, it’s for my mom. This is for everybody who really did and didn’t believe in me. I look at it as I proved them . . .

Irvin stopped before saying that he proved them wrong, and quickly he flipped it around.

“I proved myself right.”

Irvin’s journey included getting a GED, going to junior college, and landing at West Virginia University. And he decided to cap that journey by participating in the commencement ceremony this weekend.

“I was kind of hesitant,” Irvin said. “My Raider people, they kind of convinced me. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Being where I came from . . . I didn’t think walking across a college stage would ever happen. I just looked at the situation like I definitely deserve to walk, and [get] another chance to come back home. I consider this place home. You know the love I have for this state.”

Irvin spent his first four years with the Seahawks, winning Super Bowl XLVIII and participating in Super Bowl XLIX. He joined the Raiders in 2015, becoming the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winner in 2017.

In West Virginia, he’ll always be remembered as one thing and one thing only: A Mountaineer.

22 responses to “Bruce Irvin getting his degree from WVU, six years after leaving

  1. “I proved myself right.”

    Great attitude.

    “My Raider people, they kind of convinced me.”

    Great organization.

    Well done, young buck!

    Now go get the QB.

  2. Degrees doesn’t nessasarly mean your smart BUT it does prove to yourself you can start a 4 or 5 year project and see it through to the end. That’s a huge accomplish for people. Way to go Bruce.

  3. I really like to read stories like this. And I’m happy he’s been smart with his money, too. It’s so unfortunate that so many NFL players don’t have this kind of big picture attitude and instead blow through fortunes like they’re pocket change. Anyway, good job!

  4. Congratulations Bruce. This Raider fan is proud of your accomplishment.

    #higherground #integrity #fortitude

  5. Y’all should read his article on the Players’ Tribune. Seriously, it’s fantastic. Made me a Bruce Irvin fan.

  6. Glad to see him with a backup plan. After this coming season most of the scrubs on that defense won’t have a job in the league.

  7. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    May 12, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    Degrees doesn’t nessasarly mean your smart BUT it does prove to yourself you can start a 4 or 5 year project and see it through to the end. That’s a huge accomplish for people. Way to go Bruce

    * you’re smart, oh the irony

  8. slick50kc says:
    May 12, 2018 at 5:34 pm
    Glad to see him with a backup plan. After this coming season most of the scrubs on that defense won’t have a job in the league

    Your defense blew a 21-3 lead at home in the playoffs and you’re still flapping! 21-3 AT HOME! LOL!

  9. Congrats! Nice to hear a success story. By the way, there is a difference in the words “your” and “you’re”. Just saying, words do matter.

  10. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    May 12, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    Degrees doesn’t nessasarly mean your smart BUT it does prove to yourself you can start a 4 or 5 year project and see it through to the end. That’s a huge accomplish for people. Way to go Bruce

    * you’re smart, oh the irony

    don’t forget “nessasarly”,,,wow, this guy must be a Trumper

  11. “Y’all should read his article on the Players’ Tribune. Seriously, it’s fantastic. Made me a Bruce Irvin fan.”

    just read it — you’re totally right. good to remember sometimes how far some of these guys we cheer or boo on sundays, have come.

  12. Seahawk fans are also proud of you Bruce. You have overcome many obstacles and achieved unqualified success in your life. Congratulations!

  13. Amazing how many college athletes get their “degrees” and never attend a single class besides practice. So Bruce, did you do home study for the last six years? LOL. Sure you did.

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