ENGLEWOOD, Colo.-The Denver Broncos signed unrestricted free agent guard Heath Irwin, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced Thursday. The seven-year NFL veteran played last season with the St. Louis Rams.
Irwin, 6-4, 300 pounds, has played in 87 career games, while starting in 29. Originally drafted in the fourth round (101st overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft by New England, Irwin played four seasons with the Patriots (1996-99) before moving on to Miami, where he played two seasons (2000-01).
A three-year starter at the University of Colorado, Irwin was earned first-team All-American honors by the Associated Press, honorable mention from UPI and was named first-team all-conference his senior year. As a junior, Irwin was named second-team All-America after starting every game, and was part of an offense that amassed a school-record 5,448 total net yards.
Irwin was named first-team All-American by Super Prep and Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report as a senior at Boulder High School, and earned all-conference honors while playing both offensive guard and defensive tackle. His father, Phil, was a stand-out linebacker at Colorado from 1968-70. Born Heath Spencer Irwin in Boulder, Colo. On June 27, 1973, he and his wife Molly have one daughter, Bailee, and one son, Houston.
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