2014 Guest Speaker

Michael Irvin

The Playmaker

Michael Irvin is the 15th of 17 children, born to Pearl and Walter Irvin. Michael loved and admired his father, who fell gravely ill while Michael was in high school. Visiting his father in the hospital, he vowed to always take care of his mother.


During his high school football days Michael set many records and earned a full scholarship to the University of Miami, where he helped lift the 1987 Hurricanes to a National Championship. Michael was nicknamed "The Playmaker" due to his penchant for making big plays in big games during his college career.

 

During Michael’s time at the University of Miami he was known for his exuberance, best displayed by his routine practice of pointing to the sky with both hands after scoring touchdowns. Critics referred to the move as hot-dogging, though Michael responded that the gesture was a tribute to his late father. Before a game, his mother would tell him "Say a little prayer, and ask God to be with you...Then go get 'em."


Selected as the 11th player to the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 1988 National Football League Draft, he quickly developed into one of the elite receivers in Cowboys and NFL history. One of his greatest performances was in Super Bowl XXVII, where he caught seven passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns. His two touchdown catches were both in the second quarter and occurred in a span of just 18 seconds, the fastest pair of touchdowns ever scored by one player in Super Bowl history.  


Michael went on to shatter numerous Cowboys records, as well as breaking NFL records. Known as “The Triplets,” Michael, alongside Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith, won 3 Super Bowls during his career with the Cowboys. Voted to 5 Pro Bowls, his name was placed in the rafters for the Cowboys Ring of Honor in 2005. He was voted into the Pro-Football Hall of Fame in 2007. 


Michael has appeared in a number of movies including The Comeback and Jack and Jill. He starred alongside Adam Sandler and Chris Rock in The Longest Yard. Currently, Michael is a top analyst for the NFL Network, appearing on Thursday Night Football and Sunday mornings on NFL GameDay Morning. He is a business man and philanthropist. 


Michael and his wife Sandy have four children: Myesha (23), Chelsea (17), Michael (16) and Elijah (14). ​


Through all his ups and downs, Michael is still the same young boy from Florida dreaming of a way to a better life. He kept his promise to his father: Michael takes care of his mother. Michael is a self-described “son of God”.

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