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Catching up with former St. Thomas Aquinas star Michael Irvin

Connections: Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin maintains a close relationship with St. Thomas Aquinas and coaching legend George Smith.
Connections: Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin maintains a close relationship with St. Thomas Aquinas and coaching legend George Smith. Getty Images

Voted one of the greatest Miami Hurricanes of all-time, Irvin was reunited with coach Jimmy Johnson in 1989 as a member of the Dallas Cowboys.

A five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver who still holds the Cowboys’ franchise record for receiving yards, Irvin was part of a national championship with Johnson at Miami in 1987 as well as three Super Bowl wins with the Cowboys.

Irvin, known as “the Playmaker,” was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 12 NFL seasons — all with the Cowboys. Irvin, who attended Piper High School before a controversial transfer (he was forced to sit out his junior year) to Aquinas in 1982, had plenty of praise for his coach, George Smith, in his induction speech, saying, “I thank all the people at St. Thomas for believing in a young man like me.”

Although Irvin is busy working as an analyst for NFL Network, he is still close with Smith and Aquinas. Irvin was spotted on the sidelines during the Raiders’ preseason win over Dillard last month.

Irvin and former Aquinas assistant coach Cris Carter (who works for ESPN and ESPN Radio) will be alumni captains of the 2015 Pro Bowl.

“I’m already thinking about how to build my team,” Irvin told NFL.com.

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