Cowboys all-time great wide receiver Michael Irvin is interviewed in the new issue of Out magazine about his relationship with his brother Vaughn, who succumbed to stomach cancer at the age of 49 in 2006. This is worth taking a look at not only because the subject of homosexuality in professional football remains somewhat taboo to many players, but also because Irvin’s vanity is on full display (see above image).
Growing up, Irvin greatly admired his brother Vaughn, who was a successful bank manager while still living in “the ’hood,” says Irvin. That success made him “God” in his younger brother’s eyes. “He was the smartest, most charismatic man I’d ever seen in my life. We would all say, ‘Can you believe — white people put Vaughn in charge of all that money?!’ ” The boys had similar personalities: Both were gregarious and got along with just about everyone. As the 15th child of 17, Irvin wore Vaughn’s hand-me-downs as a boy, and they grew up in close quarters. Even as Irvin kept the secret of Vaughn’s sexual orientation, he remained close to him until Vaughn died of stomach cancer at the age of 49 in 2006.
Just my opinion, but Irvin’s conduct, at times, while an active member of the Cowboys, would challenge the love of most families far more then another family member’s sexual orientation. He also could have openly supported his brother during his playing days, but he does try to explain why he did not do so at the time.
Regardless of what you think of Michael Irvin, he has a strong point about acceptance. Equality is not just some goal, but something that we should all strive to achieve, day-by-day, as a modern society. We’ve come too far not to respect all genders, races, and orientations (“The More you Know” music starts playing).
Okay, serious stuff is out of the way. Now let’s go stuff those nerds into the toilet head-first then hang them up the flag pole by their shorts (pops collar on letter jacket, knocks books out of nerd’s hand, shoves teacher).