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Late-game Super Bowl scuffle shouldn’t define Bruce Irvin

From start to finish, Bruce Irvin was in the mix of the action for the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots. While his defense played an integral part in the game, on-lookers will focus on one thing: a late-game scuffle for which he was ejected. But that instance shouldn’t define Bruce Irvin.

Irvin has always been the type of player to play with emotion. After a sack or big play he’s always looking to get the crowd of its feet by wiping himself down or urging for cheers. Emotion is part of the game and for an unfortunate moment, it got the best of Irvin. He took to Twitter Monday morning to apologize and explain his actions.

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Throughout the game, WVU fans flooded their social media profiles with war cries of Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuce! Fans found old photos and posted them and kept a close eye on the Seahawks on defense to see where Irvin was on the field. He made the first tackle from scrimmage on Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowksi, recorded the lone sack on Tom Brady and got himself involved in a situation he shouldn’t have been in.

But if there’s one thing we’ve learned about Bruce Irvin, it’s that when he bounces back from those types of situations, he comes back better than ever.

A late-game scuffle in the heat of the moment is not uncommon and Irvin made no excuses for it and has now apologized multiple times.

As the Super Bowl is laid to rest as a 28-24 victory for the Patriots, let it be just that. Don’t let a heated moment define a man that WVU fans have loved since he stepped onto the football field donning the old Gold and Blue with his dreads flying every which way.

With that, I’ll leave you with the natural progression of Irvin’s sack against Brady. Let plays like this define Bruce Irvin.

Progression of Irvin's sack. All photos via AP.
Progression of Irvin’s sack. All photos via AP.