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Raiders LB Bruce Irvin earns degree from WVU

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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.

Irvin follows two other Raider stars who have completed their degrees this year in Amari Cooper and Gabe Jackson.

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.