Bruce Irvin is one of the most beloved Raiders players by fans and is one of the favorites amongst fans of West Virginia University, his alma mater. Irvin left school as a junior and was a first-round draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 2012 following a tumultuous childhood which had seen Irvin do some jail time.
But now, Irvin will be walking in West Virginia’s commencement ceremony with his shiny new undergraduate degree in sociology. He will be the first person in his family to have earned a college degree.
Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) left Morgantown as a first round NFL Draft pick in 2012. He accomplished one of his life goals, but left with unfinished business. Fast forward to 2018, he is back in town accomplishing another goal – walking in tomorrow’s commencement ceremony! pic.twitter.com/v44mxzILlP— WVU Football (@WVUfootball) May 11, 2018
One of the reasons Irvin is so loved by Mountaineers fans is the affection he feels for West Virginia and his constant repping of the school.
A common theme among players who go back to school to get their degree is that it was important to their families, especially their mothers, that they complete their education, and Irvin’s story is no different. And mama knows best, because while the average NFL career is four years long, a college degree is forever. Congrats to Bruce for finishing his college career and achieving his dreams and goals.