OAKLAND – Former WVU LB Bruce Irvin has already participated in two Super Bowls in his short four-season career, including Super Bowl XLVIII in which he became a world champion with the Seattle Seahawks.
After completing his rookie contract with the Seahawks, the 2012 first round NFL Draft selection signed a four-year deal with the Oakland Raiders worth up to $37 million. Now that he’s gotten comfortable with his new teammates, Irvin believes the Raiders have a legitimate shot at winning the AFC West and maybe even the Super Bowl.
“You have a lot of guys who are willing to listen to the older guys, so that’s the greatest thing about coming to a situation like this,” said Irvin in an interview with ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. “I have to say, it’s a bunch of guys who are hungry. We’ve seen the blueprint to win a Super Bowl. It’s running the ball and playing great defense. I think we are ready to take that next step and really capture the AFC West.”
Last year, the Raiders finished the regular season with a 7-9 record placing them third in the AFC West. LB Malcolm Smith led the defense with 122 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles. Irvin’s close friend and DE Khalil Mack had 77 tackles and two forced fumbles, along with a team-leading 15 sacks. Irvin and Mack are expected to be a dangerous combination for the sliver and black in 2016-17.
“They didn’t bring me here to be a follower,” said Irvin. “I’m a very outspoken guy. I’m coming to be a leader. I’m not stepping on any toes, but if I have something to say, I am going to say it.”
Irvin has played in 58 NFL games and has accumulated 131 total tackles, 22 sacks, four forced fumbles and three interceptions.
Quotes in this article courtesy of ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez
Cover image courtesy of raiders.com