One of the standout Mountaineers in the NFL, Bruce Irvin, is making news this Friday morning on the heels of being named a nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Irvin is in his second season with the Oakland Raiders after four years, and a Super Bowl ring, with the Seattle Seahawks. Irvin has become a pillar of using your platform for good, and continuing to give back to the community throughout his time in the NFL. Now, the star defensive player is being recognized for all of his work with his nomination for the prestigious award.
Irvin is known in West Virginia for giving back to the university following his career starting in the NFL. He can be seen on Twitter arranging meet and greets, giving fans tickets and interacting with fans and those who admire him. It is his charitable work on a grander scale throughout this season that has the star getting nominated for the award.
Bruce Irvin is known for hosting events such as the Third Annual Bruce Irvin Football Clinic in Charleston, WV, supporting his fellow teammates, both past and present, in as many of their charitable community events. Irvin participated in both Justin Ellis and Michael Crabtree’s football camps in Louisiana and Texas this season as well.
One of the standout moments highlighting his nomination for the award is Irvin’s visit to Oakland’s UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital on the heels of a late Sunday night game. On little-to-no sleep, Irvin made the appearance, something that was so important to his that the entire Raiders defensive line was present; speaking volumes to how important giving back is to Irvin and how his teammates see this.
Finally, Irvin has also made an effort to support and donate to those who suffered from the devastating fires in Napa and Sonoma County earlier this year. These are all just examples of the role Irvin plays off the field, continuing to show that he strives to make the world a better place.
The Walter Payton Man of Year Award will be presented in January of 2018. Whether or not Irvin takes the award home, it is clear that Bruce Irvin is still the embodiment of what it means to be a Mountaineer. Mountaineer Nation is so proud of you, Bruce.