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.”