Super Bowl champion.
Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee. 
Graduate of the West Virginia University Class of 2018. 
As might read the resume of Bruce Irvin after today.
The 30-year-old defensive lineman left WVU in 2012 to pursue every little boy's dream of making it to the NFL. The Seattle Seahawks drafted him as that year's 15th overall pick. 

Less than two years later, he'd help lead the Seahawks to a Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos. 

In 2016, "Bruuuuuuuuce" would take his defensive prowess to the Oakland Raiders, where he'd be named a Walter Payton Man of the Year candidate for his charitable efforts off the field. 

Not bad for a high school dropout who got sucked into the streets of Atlanta and "robbed, been robbed and did (all sorts of) crazy stuff you'd never imagine."    (Read more about Irvin's journey in this story by John Antonik.) 

And despite his ascension from skid row to professional sports superstardom, Irvin had unfinished business to take care of at WVU. 

Six years after leaving Morgantown, Irvin has earned his Regents Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Education and Human Services. He participated in its Saturday commencement ceremony at the Coliseum.  


"When I came here (to WVU), my intention was to just go into the NFL, honestly," Irvin said Friday while touring his old stomping grounds at Milan Puskar Stadium. "This is just icing on the cake right here. I came here. I played. I went to the NFL. And I can finally say I got my degree here also.

"I do really well with my money, so I didn't have to get my degree. It was something I looked at that was bigger than me. It's for my son. It's for my mom. And it's for everybody who really didn't believe in me. I just proved myself right.

"People can go up to my son and say, 'Your father's an NFL player.' And he can say, 'Yeah, he's an NFL player and he also graduated from college. He graduated from West Virginia University. That's stuff money can't buy."