Cowboys fans have gotten a good chance to get to know Michael Irvin over the years.
The Hall of Famer is among the most memorable Cowboys to don the silver and navy over the years, both for his on-field ability and off-field notoriety.
Here are 10 things to know about the former Cowboys receiver:
1. Playing prowess
For as much noise as Michael Irvin has made off the field, he’s still a football player at his core. After a successful career at Miami that included a national title in 1987 and numerous school records, Irvin came to Dallas as the No. 11 pick of the 1988 draft. In his 12-year career with the Cowboys, he won three Super Bowls, was named to five Pro Bowl teams, set a bevy of Cowboys and NFL receiving records and earned NFL 1990s All-Decade Team honors. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007, choosing Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to introduce him before an emotional speech.
2. The Motel Room
Irvin’s most well-documented off-field incident came in the offseason of 1996. On March 4 of that year, Irvin was arrested in a motel room in Irving after an employee called police on noise complaints. Police testified that Irvin appeared “to be under the influence of something” when he opened the door. Police found Irvin with two topless dancers, former teammate Alfredo Roberts, and more than 10 grams of cocaine and one ounce of marijuana. Irvin and the two women with him were later indicted on second-degree felony charges of cocaine possession and misdemeanor marijuana charges. The ensuing hearings following his indictment included one man’s arrest for attempted extortion of Irvin, as well as the…
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