Before a fateful tackle in Philadelphia ended his career, Irvin lived up to his billing as “The Playmaker” during his career in Dallas. Irvin’s first three seasons weren’t much to write home about until he and Troy Aikman clicked in 1991.
Irvin missed having eight straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons by just 38 yards in 1996 when he only played in 11 games. But when Irvin was on the field with Aikman, they were one of the most dangerous passing combos in the league — especially when the game was on the line.
To date, Irvin is the only Cowboys receiver over 10,000 career yards (11,904), with Jason Witten the next closest at just under 9,000. Among active non-tight end receivers, Miles Austin is the closest and trails by over 7,000 yards.
Irvin was such a threat that he drew coverage away from Aikman’s other receiving options, and made the careers of Alvin Harper, Kelvin Martin and Jay Novacek that much better.