NEW YORK -- In the long list of prominent athletes to come from Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas High, Michael Irvin's name ranks comfortably alongside those of football great Brian Piccolo, tennis legend Chris Evert and Olympic track star Sanya Richards-Ross.
This fall, another Aquinas alum, Giovani Bernard, enjoyed a strong rookie season for the Cincinnati Bengals. Included was a 35-yard touchdown run against the Dolphins on Halloween that ranks among the best runs by an opponent in Dolphins history.
But like Bernard, Irvin never suited up for the Dolphins even though the club -- and the Shula family -- maintains strong ties to the high school.
"A whole lot of studs came from St. Thomas that wanted to play for Miami," Irvin said.
Irvin, of course, has no regrets about a 12-year career with the Dallas Cowboys that included three Super Bowl championships, 11,904 receiving yards, 65 touchdowns and induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
But what if? What if Irvin had spent part of his career with a Miami receiving corps that already boasted the Marks Brothers (Mark Clayton and Mark Duper)?
"I would have gotten Dan Marino his ring," Irvin said. "Bar none. Make no mistake about that. He's the only guy in my room, my man cave, without a ring. That's how much I love him."
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