Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is asking for fans to pray for the family of another franchise icon, Michael Irvin.
Bryant took to Twitter and reposted a video of Irvin providing a heartbreaking update on his mother.
Irvin states in the video that he’s going to see his mother for lunch at a hospital, adding that they wan to place her in a hospice. But the Pro Football Hall of Famer states that they’ll “fight for every ounce of life she has in her.”
Irvin is the son of Walter and Pearl Irvin. Sadly, his father passed away in 1983 from a brain tumor, when Irvin was just a teenager.
After starring at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Irvin joined the Miami Hurricanes’ football program. Irvin spent three seasons there before declaring for the 1988 NFL Draft, where he was selected 11th overall by the Cowboys.
The Irvin selected turned out to be a game-changer for the Cowboys. Irvin, quarterback Troy Aikman and running back Emmitt Smith formed the legendary “Triplets” trio that guided Dallas to three Super Bowl championships in the ’90s decade. All three players are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Unfortunately, Irvin had to retire at the age of 33 after suffering an injury in a 1999 road game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Irvin was diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis, thus ending his playing career.