Michael Irvin Takes Tony Romo’s Side In Beef With Deion Sanders Over Tackling

Bryan Brandom
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A third former Dallas Cowboys star has weighed in on the beef between fellow CBS analysts Tony Romo and Deion Sanders: Michael Irvin.

A lighthearted on-air crack from Romo about Sanders’ infamously questionable tackling resulted in Prime Time’s trashing the retired quarterback’s career in a minute-long rant.

The venomous response did not sit well with former Cowboys wide receiver and current ESPN analyst Irvin, who knows something about drama with fellow ex-players.

“I didn’t like that at all, man. I didn’t like that last night. I saw it, I saw it,” Irvin told 105.3 The Fan, according to the Dallas Morning News. “Here’s the kicker for me. I love Tony, I talk with Tony all the time. I love Deion. But it’s like, for so long Deion, you’ve made a living off telling people that my job is covering. Now when someone uses it within the framework of what you said … So when Tony used it and for him to come back that way yeah that’s crazy. It’s having fun, guys. You’ve gotta be able to laugh at yourself …

“But yeah that was crazy. I didn’t think comment Tony made was bad to be honest with you. And everybody says it, even Deion says it. So I don’t know. It wasn’t like he said he couldn’t play. He just said hey that’d make Deion proud or something.”

That’s the part I don’t get—even Sanders jokes about his distaste for tackling. When Troy Aikman recalled on a broadcast in 2009 that Sanders had considered tackling a “business decision,” the Hall of Fame defensive back responded, “Hey, these shoulders are made for suits, not Brandon Jacobs.”

Amazing that someone with a retort so perfect and funny can’t take a joke about the very subject from a coworker.

Anyway, here’s a video of Neon Deion completely and hilariously blowing a hit.