RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Rock bottom for Bruce Irvin wasn't the time he spent two weeks locked up in jail when he was a teenager.
It came after Irvin had turned his life around and overcome nearly all of the hardship of his upbringing in Atlanta and was trying to thrive in junior college in California with football as his guide. Just when Irvin was finally headed down the right path in his life, the struggle to come up with the $4,600 for tuition nearly derailed everything Irvin had worked toward.
"I kind of felt like I had done all this, turned my life around and another stumble and I might not be able to play football next year," Irvin recalled. "I kept working and the good Lord got me through it and my family came up with the money and I made it through that. I've been through a whole lot worse situations."
Money will soon not be a problem for Irvin, who was introduced Saturday after being picked in the first round by the Seattle Seahawks. Irvin was taken with the 15th overall pick, a selection that was considered a reach by some draft pundits, but instantly fills Seattle's desire to add a speed pass rusher coming off the edge.
"People say 15 was a reach. I don't' think it was a reach. I didn't expect to go 15, I'm not going to like about that, but they felt different and I don't blame them for it," Irvin said. "I'm going to come in here and it's going to pay off for them."
Irvin was the centerpiece of a draft that was decidedly defensive minded as Seattle spent eight of its 10 picks on defensive players - although one of those is being moved to offense. But none of the additions Seattle made to its defense has the backstory that matches its first-round pick.
Rough upbringing: check.
Jail time as a youth: check.