It wasn’t just the talent on the field that was camera worthy at the huge USA TODAY Super 25 faceoff between No. 1 Bishop Gorman and No. 9 St. Thomas Aquinas. One of the Florida powers most proud football alums made sure of that.
NFL Hall of Famer and St. Thomas Aquinas alum Michael Irvin spent his Friday night at the game in Las Vegas, and he was not idle. First, he was on the sideline encouraging 5-star wide receiver and Ohio State commit Trevon Grimes. After a full two quarters of exhorting, Irvin made his way out on to the field, where he gave the Raiders the full hyped Michael Irvin treatment. Don’t believe us? Just check out Irvin’s own self-analysis on his Twitter account.
He had reason for the excitement. In an epic game, Irvin’s squad rallied to take a second half lead before Gorman finally put together a touchdown drive to stake a fourth quarter 10-7 lead. A pair of St. Thomas Aquinas interceptions in the end zone were critical factors for the Gaels, much to Irvin’s chagrin.
Not that he stopped pushing his alma mater’s stars as much as he could. There was more pumping up of Grimes, not to mention a celebratory hug for a Raider who recovered a key fumble. A late Aquinas drive and field goal sent the game to overtime, as Irvin noticed himself, despite the loss of Grimes to an injury after his touchdown.
There was double-overtime to be had after a clutch Tate Martell touchdown pass on fourth down tied it up, which meant more time for Irvin reactions.
When Aquinas held Martell at the goal line after Gorman had the ball first in the second overtime, all they needed was a field goal from a reliable placekicker … until he missed a chip shot off the crossbar when his kick was slightly tipped by Gorman’s Bubba Bolden. Perhaps unsurprisingly, some fans online were concerned about Irvin’s health in the aftermath.
Finally, after both teams scored touchdowns it was Gorman running back Biaggio Ali-Walsh who scored the game-winning two-point conversion for a 25-24 victory, which led to this reaction from the teams:
No one caught Irvin on camera. We can only imagine how he felt, because this reaction was the bona fide truth: