Football kicks off on Thursday night when the Packers and Seahawks square off. For many, it's the start of the season. For Packers center Corey Linsley -- set to start for Green Bay -- it's the start of his career and it couldn't be coming in a more rowdy environment or against a tougher defense.
"I'm going to pray for him," Irvin told Tom Pelissero of USA Today. "It's going to be a long night, man. We've got to just take advantage of it."
Irvin flat-out terrorized the Packers offensive line when these two teams met in 2012 (the infamous "Fail Mary" game) and beat up on Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga especially bad; the Seahawks finished with eight sacks ... in the first half.
Lobbing a rookie center into the cauldron of CenturyLink Field against a defensive tackle like Brandon Mebane doesn't even really seem like a fair thing to do.
"All the weaknesses that [Linsley] shows us, we've got to expose it," Irvin said. "Hopefully, 'Bane going to do what I know he's going to do to him. So, we've just got to be ready."
As for Irvin himself, it sounds like the third-year linebacker will end up playing after all. Irvin was activated off the PUP list on Monday by the Seahawks and looked like a longshot to play after undergoing offseason hip surgery.
Now it looks like he'll get a shot to make Linsley's first day of real NFL work an even longer one.