Bruce Irvin has come a long way in his life, and his road to becoming a Super Bowl champion, and now a linebacker for the Oakland Raiders wasn't an easy one.
It took a while for the Atlanta-native to strap on football pads, and start playing competitive football, but when he did it led him places he didn't think he could go. From living in trap houses to spending time in jail, No. 51 tells the story of his difficult upbringing in a piece written for The Players' Tribune. Irvin dives deep into his journey towards the NFL, and opens up about some of the obstacles he had to overcome in order to make it.
"I shouldn't be here. I should be locked up… or dead."
Not only has Irvin overcome many hardships, but he's been nominated for this year's Walter Peyton Man of the Year award, which is presented to a player for their volunteer and charity work.
Check out his story, here.