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Bruce Irvin has wanted to play for the Atlanta Falcons since he was a kid.Now that the seventh-year pass rusher is back home and about to make his Falcons debut http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore.com/chris-boswell-jersey-cheap , Irvin said he won't take this opportunity for granted.It's a rebirth for a 31-year-old who acknowledges he made bad decisions as an Atlanta teenager and now gets a chance to rewrite his local legacy."Yesterday it hit me a little bit," Irvin said Thursday. "I know that I look scared but I really was crying yesterday, this is a childhood dream for me. "Irvin was cut last Saturday by Oakland, part of a housecleaning with the rebuilding Raiders. He cleared waivers and was a free agent with offers from several teams.He never doubted where he wanted to land."My agent said, 'You know everybody thinks you're going to Atlanta,' and I said under my breath, 'Well, they're right,'" Irvin said. "So it was no comparison http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore.com/vince-williams-jersey-cheap , man. My family is here. My wife is from here. It was a childhood dream."Irvin said life passed him by growing up in nearby Stone Mountain. He watched friends from Stephenson High School 鈥?Perry Riley, Kelvin Sheppard and Jermaine Cunningham 鈥?focus on their football careers while he was getting having run-ins with law enforcement and constantly putting himself in danger."I was out in the streets doing stuff, and those guys were getting four-year scholarships to Florida and LSU and it hurt me," Irvin said. "It hurt me seeing those guys go off, and I was just around here doing God knows what. It was a motivating factor. Look at me now. I outlasted Perry and Jermaine (in the NFL). Sheppard just got on so, but it was a motivating factor. I'm glad that I figured it out and got my head on straight."Irvin returned recently to Stephenson to meet with current students and offer some advice."Like I said, I never played at Stephenson," he said. "I didn't play football since the ninth grade and I didn't play for six years. Going back there and letting those young guys know that anything is possible. You can be in the worst situation and if you surround yourself by the right people and not around a bunch of yes-men, you can make it around anything. So that was the biggest thing."Now Irvin gets to show what he can do on the field. Before his first practice with the Falcons on Thursday, Irvin wanted to show his new teammates he can still be a force in disrupting the quarterback.Irvin will wear jersey No. 52 when the Falcons (4-4) take a three-game winning streak to (2-6-1). He intends to help Atlanta improve a pass rush that ranks 27th in sacks."I think I bring a lot of swagger, a lot of attitude Youth Joe Haden Jersey ," Irvin said. "I speak my mind. I talk a lot of mess. Just running around having fun, man. That's the biggest thing in this league. If you're not having fun, it doesn't take you a long way. Me just bringing energy and knowledge to these guys. Just being the best Bruce Irvin I can be every day."The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Irvin was a first-round draft pick for Seattle out of West Virginia in 2012. He played four seasons with the Seahawks and two-plus with the Raiders, and had 40 sacks. His 15 forced fumbles over that span lead the NFL."Me and DQ can't dwell on what we did in Seattle, going to the Super Bowl and things like that," Irvin said. "It's more about right now and I feel like they needed me. I wanted to be here. I did what I had to do. We made it happen." Fans in the upper deck at Paul Brown Stadium hung a banner that read: "Make Them Respect Us." Instead, the Steelers broke their hearts in the last minute all over again.The Bengals let yet another one slip away against their AFC North rival, and this one hurt in many familiar ways. 8423f50eb6d9a736ba4b33f9820c8843.jpg Antonio Brown's 31-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown with 10 seconds left sent Pittsburgh to a 28-21 victory Sunday.It's seven and a row and counting in a one-sided rivalry that always seems to turn out the Steelers' way."I can't really explain it," said receiver Tyler Boyd, who had two touchdown catches .Whenever they come to Cincinnati Cheap Terrell Edmunds Jersey , the Steelers (3-2-1) have confidence they can pull another one out no matter how far down, no matter how little time is left. They've done it repeatedly during that seven-game winning streak.When Joe Mixon scored on a four-yard touchdown run with 1:18 to go, the Bengals (4-2) celebrated as though they'd finally gotten that breakthrough win. They should have known better."We left enough time on there for them to go down and score," receiver Alex Erickson said.The Steelers knocked the Bengals out of the playoffs in 2015 with the help of Vontaze Burfict's hit to Brown's head, which set up Chris Boswell's field goal for an 18-16 victory with 14 seconds left. During the seven-game streak, the Steelers have rallied from deficits of 17-0 and 17-3 to win at Paul Brown Stadium. Last December, Boswell's 38-yard field goal on the final play gave Pittsburgh a 23-20 win.Brown's touchdown was the latest entry to the litany of letdowns."Imagine how we feel," cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said. "I imagine how the fans feel."They stood stunned as thousands of Steelers fans among them twirled their yellow towels in celebration. When Andy Dalton's pass fell incomplete to end it, a scuffle broke out among players on the field as fans headed for the exits.The numbers are staggering. The Bengals are 8-25 against the Steelers during coach Marvin Lewis' 16 seasons, including 2-16 at Paul Brown Stadium, including two playoff losses. Overall http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore.com/stephon-tuitt-jersey-cheap , Cincinnati has lost 10 of 11 and 15 of 18 in the series.The Bengals' defense was depleted by injuries on the final drive, but the decision to go for an all-out blitz and leave no safeties to protect the end zone wound up costing them. Ben Roethlisberger saw the defense line up and knew it could be a touchdown if he got the ball to Brown quickly. Brown ran untouched to the end zone, cutting behind Justin Hunter's block."We are not going to second-guess anything," Lewis said. "They made the play and we didn't."The game also added another layer of hard feelings. Burfict traded words with Roethlisberger 3 minutes into the game, and a teammate had to push Burfict away from James Conner to prevent a penalty after the Steelers running back scored a touchdown.Burfict hit Brown in the head as he was being tackled after a reception in the third quarter. The play wasn't flagged, but Brown got up woozy and had to miss a couple of plays before returning. The NFL is expected to review the play."A nasty hit," Brown said.After the game, Burfict yelled at a reporter who asked a Bengals player about the hit. Lewis declined to comment on it."I don't know what play you are talking about," he said. "There were a lot of plays out there." Custom Atlanta Falcons Jerseys

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