Moments ago, newest Seahawk Bruce Irvin appeared on ESPN 710 Seattle for a chat with Mike Salk, Brock Huard, Dave Wyman and others.
If we can take nothing else away from who Bruce Irvin is right now, before we see a single second of him in a Seahawk uniform, we know this:
"I eat quarterbacks," Irvin said.
Irvin described himself to an engaged, amused group of radio hosts that he has a high motor, a good work ethic, and that he's willing to work hard to earn his place on this team. He doesn't sound a single bit like the troubled, ineffective player that Mel Kiper just irrationally jumped on moments after the selection was announced. The West Virginia product sounded happy to leave his past behind and turn over a new leaf.
Some noteworthy bits from the interview:
- "I have a high motor," said Irvin, "and I'm looking forward to bringing it to Seattle."
- Charges on destruction of property were dismissed Tuesday in court. "I'm gonna bust my butt. I'm so happy to be selected by Seattle," Irvin said.
- While Irvin said he didn't want to go into details, he did add this, when asked:
- "The lord knew it was all BS," he said. "I just learn from it and move on."
- Mike Salk later went on to say that was one of his favorite quotes from any pro athlete, ever.
- Irvin used to play receiver in high school, he said, and he stressed what a good, versatile athlete he is. "The sky's the limit for me, and I have a great group of pros I'm coming in to."
He's confident, not cocky. There was no trace of a large ego. Irvin sounds like an underrated player who is aware of it, but not quick to run his mouth about it. He knows he's got a lot to prove.
Mike Salk asked "Why did you change your name from BJ to Bruce?"
"Cuz BJ was the one getting me into trouble," he replied.