NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin apparently isn’t getting enough of a buzz from his current gig as a prominent analyst on the NFL Network, because he’s reportedly mulling over a comeback into the world of professional sports.
Irvin, now 51 years old, is frankly too old to play football anymore, this despite his reputation as one of the best wide receivers to play the game. He is apparently staying in shape, though, and there is a sport that has caught his eye.
He’s thinking about becoming a professional fighter, or at the very least — that’s something he’s very interested in.
“I train MMA. I want to do it,” Irvin said. “I actually wouldn’t mind getting in and having a fight. Oh, my God, I would love to take a fight. What I wish they would do is maybe do some amateur MMA fighting, celebrity-style.”
The kicker here is that Irvin has been training in mixed martial arts, so it’s not as if he’d be coming into a match cold. Of course, he doesn’t have any professional MMA experience, but that hasn’t stopped other celebrities from stepping into the ring or even The Octagon before.
What we do know is that he’d be a good draw, and ultimately, that’s all that’s going to matter for whichever promoter listens to his call, if that’s a call he ever decides to make. He could just be talking, something he’s known to do, but he obviously hasn’t let himself go from his playing days and it would be interesting to see what he could do in the ring.
Spectacles are all the rage right now in the sport of fighting (see: McGregor vs. Mayweather), so don’t count Irvin out just yet.
Of course, he’ll never exceed the athletic expectations he set up for himself as a football player, but at this point, why not try?
Of course, he could get KO’d, so there’s always that to consider.
In 12 NFL seasons, all with the Dallas Cowboys, Irvin caught 750 passes for 11,904 yards and 65 touchdowns. He won three Super Bowls with Dallas and was a five-time Pro Bowler.