On Sunday, linebacker Bruce Irvin will make international NFL history when the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers kick off in Munich, Germany.
As CBS Sports’ John Breech points out, Germany checks off the fifth country Irvin’s played a regular season game in, setting a new NFL record.
Sunday’s trip to Germany will be Irvin’s third international stop with the Seahawks. In 2012, Irvin and the Seahawks thrashed the Buffalo Bills, 50-17, north of the border in Canada. And, in 2018, Irvin and the Seahawks made the trip across the pond blowing out the then-Oakland Raiders, 27-3, in England.
The 35-year-old made two trips to Mexico with the Raiders in 2016 and 2017 before returning to England two seasons later as a member of the Carolina Panthers.
Signed in October, Irvin is in his third stint with the Seahawks. Irvin, who spent the first four seasons (2012-15) of his NFL career and two games in 2020 with the Seahawks, told Fox 13 that Seattle was “home,” adding, “What other way to go out? One last ride with the Seahawks.”
In last week’s 31-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals, Irvin posted his first sack as a Seahawk since 2015. Irvin has seven tackles (three for loss), playing 54% of the team’s defensive snaps.