Bruce Irvin thankful for his chance with Seattle

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RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- Rock bottom for Bruce Irvin wasn't the time he spent in jail as a juvenile.

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. But his struggle to come up with the $4,600 for tuition nearly derailed everything Irvin had worked toward.

Eventually, the money to pay his tuition was scrounged up by his family and 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 pundits.