The LA Rams drafted defensive back LeRoy Irvin with the 70th overall pick in the 1980 NFL Draft. After a career at Kansas that included 10 interceptions and two punt return touchdowns, Irvin made his mark as a Pro Bowl cornerback in 1985 and 1986, while also being named as a first-team all-pro in 1981 and ‘86.
Irvin recorded 35 interceptions in his career, including a total of 21 picks from 1983-1986.
Coming off of his dominant performance in ‘86, Irvin predictably wanted a better financial situation for himself when he turned 30 in 1987. That led to a bizarre and awkward moment in which Irvin’s locker had even been cleaned out midseason, but he eventually had to return to the team.
He stayed for two more seasons, finalizing his career with one year for the Lions.
That story was brought up this week by “JaguarGator9,” a longtime redditor who turned his NFL research into a YouTube channel. Watch the full story below:
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