As for his issues when he was younger, Irvin said even those have made him a better man.
"I went through a lot of stuff in my life. I've seen a lot of stuff,'' Irvin said. "The average person, with what I went through, they would not be on this phone with you right now. I could have gone the other way. I could have gone right, but I chose to go left. And when I chose to go left I told God I wasn't going back to what was trying to suck me in. I just surrounded myself with a lot of positive people. They supported me and we did what we had to do.
"I don't regret any of that, from the recent incident to my days as a teenager. It made me who I am today. The recent incident just showed me that not everybody wants you to be successful. But I went to court Tuesday morning and I got all those charges dismissed.''
As for Irvin's on-field questions, well, all are perhaps legitimate. He is undersized for a defensive end in the NFL, but Seattle's defense seems tailor-made for just such a player. The Seahawks run a 4-3 scheme in which one defensive end is mainly a run stopper and the other a pass rusher.
"This is the kind of guy that puts fear in offensive tackles,'' Carroll said.
And, Irvin said, imagine what he might do with the proper training. He played in what amounted to a junk defense at West Virginia, the 3-3-5, that was mainly geared to stopping the run in the Big East.
"I know you all have heard that I'm a one-trick pony,'' Irvin said. "But the crazy thing is I got 23 sacks in two years and I've never been coached on anything. It's all athletic ability. So if I get a little coaching just imagine what I can do ... I got 23 sacks in two years without any pass-rushing coaching. So just imagine if I get a coach who knows what he's talking about to teach me some stuff.''
Irvin's selection with the No. 15 pick, of course, is more than just a nice surprise. There are definite financial ramifications. Under the NFL's new rookie salary system, the No. 15 pick in the draft will receive a four-year contract with a club option for a fifth year at the average salary of the league's defensive ends who rank No. 3 through 25 on that pay scale. And while the numbers aren't quite clear, that will certainly net Irvin millions over the life of the contract.
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