Luke Swan cast in Michael Irvin's reality TV show

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Posted by on May 01, 2009 at 11:42:43:

Lucas at Large: Luke Swan cast in Michael Irvin's reality TV show

Mike Lucas
4/29/2009 The Capital Times


Did a double-take when I got the e-mail. Jaw dropped. Eyes watered (from me rubbing them violently).

Fact is, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that Luke Swan and Michael Irvin were mentioned in the same breath, the same sentence.

How could this be? Cool Hand Luke meets the Devil?

Sounded like a made-for-TV script.

It is.

Swan, the former University of Wisconsin wide receiver, the pride of Fennimore, has been cast in Michael Irvin's new reality televison series -- "4th and Long'' -- which will begin airing May 18th on Spike TV.

The premise: 12 players, National Football League hopefuls and/or long shots, were selected to participate in a 10-week training camp and/or competition during which they will be mentored by pros (sounds very Irvinesque, doesn' it?).

The mentors: Irvin (the loquacious Hall of Famer), Bill Bates (the hardcore former Cowboys defensive back) and Joe Avezzano (the well-traveled special teams coach).

Guest instructors: Jerry Rice, Tony Dorsett, Roger Staubach, Drew Pearson, Hollywood Henderson, Emmitt Smith, Moose Johnston, Jay Novacek, Nate Newton, Darren Woodson, and Terence Newman.

Guest owner: Jerry Jones, the face of the Dallas Cowboys. (He paid for that face, after all.)

The reward: a tryout with the Cowboys.

There will be 10 episodes airing on Mondays. One player will be cut each week.

Throughout the filming of the series, the players lived and trained in the Cotton Bowl.

Irvin will personally train the "winner'' in advance of the Dallas training camp.

Upon further review, all of this will be somewhat of a role reversal for Irvin, who will get the final say on who goes and stays. As such, he will be a judge (and not appear in front of one).

Despite his warts, Michael Irvin is still Must See TV.

The overriding premise of this series.

The list of defensive backs:

Erick Jackson, 24. Played on 2005 Texas national championship team.

Eddie Moten, 27. Played Texas A&M-Kingsville. Also played four years in Arena League.

Stephen (White Lightning) Andrews, 25. Played College of New Jersey.

Donte Gamble, 30. Played San Diego State. Also played semi-pro football.

Ahmaad Smith, 25. Played Tennessee State. Also played semi-pro football.

Moses Washington, 28. Played on 2000 Oklahoma 2000 national championship team.

The list of wide receivers:

Steve Gonzalez, 27. Didn't play college football. Played six years Arena League.

Andrew Hawkins, 22. Played at Toledo.

Jesse Holley, 25. Played football and basketball at North Carolina.

Montrell Jones, Played at Louisville and Tennessee. Also played in CFL.

Preston McGann, 25. Played baseball at community college in Florida.

Luke Swan, 24. Former Badger whose senior year was cut short by injury at Illinois.

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