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Bruce Irvin: “I love to run”

Post by Eric Williams on April 28, 2012 at 2:02 pm with 27 Comments »
April 28, 2012 2:02 pm

New Seattle Seahawk Bruce Irvin said he’s bringing the “Wipe me down” to CenturyLink Field.

What’s the Wipe me down, you ask?

That’s Irvin’s signature sack dance he used at West Virginia, with fans chanting “Bruce, Bruce!” after each sack.

“I can’t wait to hear 60,000 people yelling, carrying the tradition of ‘Bruuucce’” Irvin said. “I don’t know if you heard about it, but I’m bringing the ‘Wipe me down’, and I’m bring the Bruce chants to Seattle.”

Irvin’s mother Bessie Lee said the family sacrificed for Irvin to achieve his dream of playing in the NFL, including putting off bills to help pay his out-of-state tuition of $4,600 at Mt. San Antonio Junior College.

And those sacrifices have now paid off.

“Our bills got behind to help him, but I didn’t care,” Lee said. “I didn’t care because it was worth it just to see him do something positive. I knew then that he was going to be okay.”

Irvin’s mentor, Chad Allen – a former college football player at Morehouse – talked about his pupil’s ability to battle through adversity, which allowed him to push him harder in workouts and film study as he prepared the pass rusher for what he’d face in college.

“It wasn’t easy, but the kid kept signing up for it,” Allen said. “So at the end of the day it’s like, ‘If you’re going to keep signing up, I’m going to keep teaching you.’ So that hard work and determination just really made him who he was.”

Irvin said his signature trait is his ability to run, which was put on display when he ran a 4.43 40-yard time at 6-3, 248 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

In person Irvin looks sleek with broad shoulders, more like a strong safety than a defensive end.

“I’m a high-motor guy,” Irvin said. “I love to run. If he ball is 20 yards, 30 yards down the field, I’m going to chase it anyway because I just love to run. So I’m a great athlete. And I feel like I haven’t even scratched my potential for what I can be.”

Irvin said he talked with a couple players on the roster so far, including Kregg Lumpkin, who went to the same high school as Irvin. Defensive lineman Pep Levingston is another player Irvin said he already knew before coming here.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider told Irvin that his son wanted to know if he really found quarterbacks delicious, after he said the likes to eat quarterbacks on Thursday

“They delicious,” quipped Irvin. “And they’re healthy for you, too. That’s what I do. I feel like I’m a game changer, and I’m bringing it to Seattle.”

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  1. seahawk44 says:

    Here’s to 10+ sacks per season for a 15 year career !!

    Can’t wait to see the ‘Wipe me Down’ at Century Link !!

  2. I wrote this earlier, but he seems like a genuinely nice, humble guy who just grew up in the wrong place, and I really hope he succeeds. I’m intrigued by his upside, right now he is just running, and he produced like hell in college, when Pete moulds him like he has done with Clay Matthews he might become a freakish player. That said, I’m still worried he is a one trick pony and might struggle, but it will be exciting to watch this kid run amok!

  3. nidhighe says:

    JacDG, if his one trick is sacking QBs, I can live with that!

  4. I can too, but if he only has one trick, it better be a darn good trick, because otherwise I think it could become too predictable.

  5. yellaman says:

    This is one of the kind of players i can root for. I’m exciited to go see him next year at the clink

  6. This guy is really growing on me. Looking forward to hearing “Bruce! Bruce! Bruce!”…he’ll need to earn that but for some reason I think he will.

    I can’t believe we haven’t added any new blood to the OL.

  7. NWPoseidon says:

    I was genuinely surprised by his wit and confidence. I can root for this type of guy any day and cannot wait to see him eat some QBs!! Bruce “The QB Eater” Irvin!

  8. One trick pony? I think you need to go watch Irvin’s highlight reels again. Maybe he’s unproven in defending the run, but he’s a natural pass rusher who brings a lot of skills to the position – uses his hands, leverage, balance, bull rush, speed, seems to have all the techniques that more experienced pass rushers have. And he made it sound like his coaches didn’t coach him on pass rush techniques much in college, which is stunning. The past few years I kept hearing our coaches talk about trying to teach guys like Aaron Curry and Lawrence Jackson better rush techniques, but they couldn’t learn. Irvin could run a clinic. He’ll only get better with coaching.

  9. He is physically an exact clone of Von Miller except Irvin is a bit faster. Von Miller has not proven to be a one trick pony and by the end of the first season, I don’t think Irvin will be either .

  10. Bruce Willis, Bruce Lee, Bruce Spingsteen…

    All Bruces are basically bad-asses.

    Coming strong with scientific evidence and data today!

  11. Dukeshire says:

    He’ll a fun bookend to Clem, to start his career. I’m excited for him.

  12. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Wow! Look at all the defensive players picked so far compared to offense in the 7th round.

  13. I liked the pick when it was made and I like it even more now.

    Duke – did you do any of that Clay Matthews/Mr. Happy research yet so we know what more to expect of this kid this year?

    All I know is that I’m jacked to see him terrorize opposing QBs this upcoming season. With his speed and the way Mr. Happy creates things, I don’t think it’s unrealistic to expect 8-10 sacks this season and hope for more!

    This has turned into one of the few choices they could have made where I’m not going to whine about not getting DeCastro.


  14. Hmmm… picked J R Sweezy in the 7th round. Looks like a 5-tech DE prospect. Not sure a guy like that can make the team with Bryant and Branch on the roster. At least he has a fun name.

  15. I really like our offense. It’s young and that’s a side of the ball that simply needs experience (so it doesn’t make much sense to keep adding kids to an area that doesn’t need to get younger, ‘cept RB). If they can stay relatively healthy, I think they are going to have a great year after having had another season to grow up. That’s why I’m happy most of these picks are defense!

  16. Defense, defense, defense… I’ve determined that Carroll intends to win all his games this year 3 to 0.

  17. freedom_X says:

    J.R. Weezy in the 7th, DT. Must be taking a flyer on outstanding athletic traits, as he seems to get into trouble a lot and doesn’t have great production in college.

    I heard that last year, West Virginia had Irvin playing the 5-technique. Irvin didn’t complain about it at all, despite the seeming ludicrousness of that position deployment.

  18. JazBadAzz says:


  19. freedom_X says:

    If Seattle’s going for need, maybe they’re really looking for a true 3-technique (explosive inside rusher.) Seems like they’re getting a few of those type players.

  20. Bobby, I was hoping for a guard at least. I still think our OL is a step away but they are getting close. Got to keep Russell healthy and pray that Max and the rest of the OL stays that way.

    Considering the talent that is still on the board, maybe we’ll get some good undrafted talent into camp and see how they do.

  21. mrtoad64 says:

    “And they’re healthy for you, too.” Nice to get players who appreciate the value of good nutrition.

  22. SandpointHawk says:

    They want to covert Sweezy to a guard…

  23. raymaines says:

    Sandpoint: That was funny!

    Maybe Greg Scruggs could be the backup full back.

  24. raymaines says:

    OMG You were serious. Knock me over with a feather.

  25. jawpeace says:

    I could guarantee that Coples would never say something like, “I love to run after the ball twenty yards down the field.”

  26. jawpeace – He might say it, but wouldn’t do it:)

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