#95 David Irving
David Irving was born in Compton, California on August 18, 1993. He played his collegiate football at Iowa State University. He is a defensive lineman in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys.
David Irving attended San Jacinto High School in San Jacinto, California. He excelled on both the football field and in the classroom, but you may not have known that he also became an ordained youth minister at the age of 17.
He had good role models in the L.A. church he attended growing up, and that led him to the decision to become an ordained youth minister.
“We were doing plays and dances, and after a while I had the urge to put together some sermons,” said David, 17. “Every youth Sunday I was preaching. I was moved by the spirit and reaching out.”
David Irving probably wasn’t well known as being an ordained youth minister growing up, but he was known for the impact he made on the football field.
As a junior for the San Jacinto Tigers, Irving blocked four kicks and had six quarterback sacks.
David Irving’s senior year, he recorded 76 tackles, one interception he returned 73 yards for a touchdown, 15 tackles for a loss, seven quarterback sacks, five forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries (1 he returned for a TD) as a defensive tackle for the Tigers. He also played tight end his senior year and caught 19 passes for 298 yards and scored four touchdowns.
David Irving accepted a football scholarship to Iowa State University upon the completion of his high school career.
David Irving played in nine games as a defensive end in 2011 for the Iowa State Cyclones. He recorded five tackles and two pass breakups his freshman year.
In 2012, David Irving played in all 13 games and ended the year with 20 tackles, three for a loss, and one quarterback sack. He made one the biggest plays of the season against TCU when he blocked and then caught a pass attempt. He ended up returning the interception 20 yards for a touchdown to clinch the victory.
In 2013, David Irving moved to defensive tackle and played in 10 games, starting eight of those contests. He tallied 19 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, two QB sacks, four pass breakups, and two blocked kicks. He blocked two consecutive PAT attempts, versus Baylor and Oklahoma State.
Irving missed his entire senior season in 2014 after being dismissed from the team following an incident at the VEISHEA Festival.
David Irving finished with 44 tackles, three QB sacks, eight pass breakups, three blocked kicks, and 7.5 tackles for a loss in his career at Iowa State University.
2015 NFL Draft
David Irving went undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft.
David Irving started his NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs after they signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2015. The Chiefs waived Irving on September 5 and signed him to their practice squad.
On September 29, 2015, the Dallas Cowboys signed Irving off of the Chiefs practice squad to replace the recently released Davon Coleman.
In his first season with the Cowboys, David Irving was used as a backup defensive tackle and finished the year with 14 quarterback pressures, good enough for sixth on the team. He also blocked a field goal in the seventh game of the season against the Seattle Seahawks. Unfortunately, he ended the year on injured reserve after he suffered a fractured left wrist against the Buffalo Bills in week 15.
There are big expectations for David Irving entering his second year with the Dallas Cowboys.
David Irving signed a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2015 worth $1,585,000. He also received a $10,000 signing bonus.
He will have a base salary of $525,000 for the Dallas Cowboys in 2016 and his cap hit will be $525,000 as well.
If David Irving continues to progress, I’m sure the Dallas Cowboys would like to extend his contract after the 2016 season.