The real Michael Irvin pours out in emotional speech

If you ever wondered how teammates, friends and family could blindly support Michael Irvin all you had to do was watch and listen his Hall of Fame speech, writes Jeff Pearlman.

Updated: August 5, 2007, 6:10 PM ET
By Jeff Pearlman | ESPN.com

CANTON, Ohio -- In the summer of 1995, Scott Semptimphelter was a rookie free agent quarterback from Lehigh University, an invitee to the Dallas Cowboys training camp with as much chance of earning a roster spot as the Memphis Showboats had of winning Super Bowl XXX.

To be blunt, Semptimphelter was invisible. He was a schlub in a red jersey just happy to be living out the fantasy before -- Poof! -- a career in medical-supply sales awaited.

On one particularly blistering Austin afternoon, ...

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