(Michael Irvin photo courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys)
(Corey Chavous photo courtesy of the Arizona Cardinals)
The Talk of Fame Network
Michael Irvin was many things during his football career. A playmaker. A Super Bowl champion. A Pro Bowler. An all-decade choice for the 1990s. An NFL record setter at wide receiver. A Hall of Famer.
Irvin fessed up to the Talk of Fame Network on this week’s show to being one more thing — a snitch.
Irvin was a first-round draft pick of the Cowboys in 1988, coming from a University of Miami program that never lost. But in his first two seasons as an NFLer, he never won. Irvin lost four games in his career at Miami, then lost 28 games in his first two seasons with the Cowboys.
“I’d literally cry after games,” Irvin recalled. “Crying for real — real tears falling out of my eyes, crying because I wasn’t used to this. But there would be guys who’d come up to me and said, `C’mon, son. This is the pros now. Don’t worry about this. Game’s over now. Make sure you pick up that check on Tuesday.’ I thought, `Oh my God. Is this what this is?’ We had guys that had been there a little too long and lost some of their desire to win.
“Now I’m going to tell on myself. There’s an old saying, especially in our culture that, `I ain’t no snitch.’ But everybody that touched me and said, `Don’t be crying, don’t worry, we’re going to pick up that check on Tuesday’ — I made a list, and I checked it twice, just like Santa, and I gave it to Jimmy (Johnson) when he got here. I said, these guys gotta go. We’ll never win with these guys.’ I snitched on all of them. Then we started weeding them out and getting to where we needed to be.”
Where the Cowboys needed to be was in the Super Bowl – and Johnson took them there inside of four seasons. Irvin also talked about his draft-day scare from the Green Bay Packers, his battles with Deion Sanders and his football rivalries with Florida State in college and the 49ers in the NFL.
Also visiting the show was Corey Chavous, a former Pro Bowl cornerback who now has his own NFL draft site, www.draftnasty.com. He’s one of the game’s great students and has been watching tape for four decades. He’s been busy building his 2015 draft board and also has an on-going draft board in his mind of the all-time best players. So we asked him whom he considered the best wide receiver and the best cornerback he’s ever scouted.
Chavous played against Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders — but he didn’t pick choose either one of them. His picks will surprise you.
“The guy that always takes my breath away literally was Lance Alworth,” Chavous said. “There’s never been since a combination of agility, body control in the air and beautiful strides If there’s one receiver that stands out in terms of grace, Lance Alworth was just on a different level.”
“I still have to go with Dick `Night Train’ Lane,” Chavous said. “When you think about everything he was able to do – the tackling, his length, wearing a receiver’s number (81) and attitude he played the game with. His raw skill was much greater than anybody that was playing during his era (1950s). His stride – he had an unbelievable gait. He’s still the landmark player to this day when you talk about cornerbacks.”
In addition, your three hosts all weigh in with opinions. Ron Borges addresses the risk of drafting quarterbacks high in his Borges or Bogus statement, Clark Judge states the Hall-of-Fame case of all-decade cornerback Bobby Boyd of the Baltimore Colts and Rick Gosselin says keep an eye on the defensive linemen this week in the first round of the NFL draft. The three Hall of Fame Guys also stage a mock draft of Hall-of-Fame players to fill the 2015 draft day needs of the 32 NFL teams.
All that, plus the always entertaining two-minute drill at the close of each hour of the show