Cowboys DL David Irving says he’s an NFL player due to talent and not for being a ‘model citizen’
Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March, but he didn’t exactly do himself any favors with a recent post of his on social media.
On Monday, Irving took to Instagram to make a rather controversial statement that could very well dissuade other teams from pursuing him in free agency.
“I’m in the NFL because I’m great at what I do. I’m not in the NFL because I’m an Eagle Scout, or the perfect model citizen,” wrote Irving in his post. “I didn’t put on a mask or kiss (expletive) to be where I am. Im here on natural ability . This is God’s plan. Not mine. Trust me , I’m adjusting to it as well. Once I step on the field and stop performing , THEN we have a problem .. . So does anyone have anything to say about my play ?”
Irving played in just two games this past season for the Cowboys and has taken the field just 10 times over the last two years overall due to a pair of four-game suspensions and injuries.
So, Irving hasn’t even been able to stay on the field, but his claim as for why he is in the NFL is because of what he does on the field?
To be fair, when Irving is playing, he is solid, as evidenced by the fact that he recorded 22 tackles, seven sacks, and six passes defended in just eight games in 2017.
However, when you have missed 22 games over a two-year span, arguing that you aren’t a “model citizen” as if that is going to make teams want to sign you is probably not the best route to take.