Bruce Irvin isn’t ashamed to admit he dabbled in drugs and crime as a teenager.
His mother kicked him out of the house and he dropped out of school.
He only played three games at wide receiver his sophomore year, and was ineligible the next two years at Stockbridge High in Atlanta, Ga.
But Irvin eventually cleaned himself up, earned his GED and made his way to Mt. San Antonio Junior College, where he developed into one of the best pass college pass rushing prospects.
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“I went through a lot of stuff in my life,” Irvin said. “I’ve seen a lot of stuff. And the average stuff who went through what I went through, they would not be on this phone with you right now.
“I could have went right, but I chose to go left. And when I chose to go left, I told God that I wasn’t going back to what was trying to suck me in. I just surrounded myself with a lot of positive people.”
Like Irvin, Seahawks assistant defensive backs coach Rocky Seto went to Mt. San Antonio junior college before transferring to USC, so Irvin had a connection with Carroll, who tried to recruit him to USC.
“When I seen a (Seattle) Washington number, words couldn’t explain how I felt,” Irvin said. “But I’m just happy they gave me an opportunity, and overlooked all the negative stuff that was said about me.”
But Irvin also said he had no idea how interested Seattle was in him. The Seahawks didn’t have Irvin in for a visit nor work him out at West Virginia. But Carroll did meet with Irvin at the NFL scouting combine.
But Irvin raised eyebrows at the combine a 4.41 40-yard dash at the combine and bench pressing 225 pounds 23 times.
“Me and Pete have a different relationship,” Irvin said. “Me and Pete go way back. … We got more than just a coach/player relationship. I think we’re actually friend. I talked to them at the combine, and they had a serious talk with me. But since the combine I hadn’t heard from them, and that’s what really shocked me because I didn’t think they were really interested in me.”
Irvin also addressed the latest incident he had in March back in Morgantown, West Virginia for disorderly conduct. Irvin said he got the charges dropped on Tuesday.
“I’m not going to get into the details,” Irvin said. “The Lord knew it was all B.S., and he took care of it.”
Irvin also said he has lots of room for improvement at the next level.
“I know y’all heard 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 any of that – that’s all athletic ability. If I get a little coaching in me, just imagine what I can do.”
Bruce said he went by B.J. growing up, but switch to Bruce when he went to Mt. San Antonio Junior College in 2008
“Because B.J. was the one that was getting in trouble,” Irvin said. “That’s two different people man, That’s two different people. And I hate when people say I’ve got character issues. I can see if I was getting in trouble in junior college failing drug tests. But I’ve never been suspended, and I’ve never failed a drug test. … Pete Carroll don’t even know B.J.; he knows Bruce.”