It’s the only word to describe what went down in Miami Beach on Wednesday, when some of the biggest names in Miami history got together for “The ReUnion.”
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Former Hurricanes Michael Irvin, Reggie Wayne, Ed Reed and Ray Lewis sat down in Lummus Park as part of FOX’s Super Bowl Week festivities, and what ensued was a must-see conversation:
WE’RE LIVE at #TheReUnion with @CanesFootball legends @raylewis, @TwentyER, @ReggieWayne_17 and @michaelirvin88! pic.twitter.com/SzVdmD3V6t
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) January 29, 2020
The ReUnion was also one heck of a party a party complete with a surprise Hall of Fame guest:
Legendary @CanesFootball coach Jimmy Johnson has joined #TheReUnion. pic.twitter.com/uT9Zy3BTcK
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) January 29, 2020
And sure, we all already knew Jimmy Johnson was more than worthy of his Hall of Fame nod, but if you needed any more proof, just ask his fellow Hurricanes:
That’s what legendary coaches do @michaelirvin88 tells the story of how @JimmyJohnson let the team be themselves by protecting them from outside criticism. #TheReUnionpic.twitter.com/JPUK8gMwPY
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) January 29, 2020
Johnson got a pretty grand (un)official welcome to the Hall:
“Welcome home, Coach! Welcome home!”@raylewis congratulates the newest member of the @ProFootballHOF, former @CanesFootball and @dallascowboys coach, @JimmyJohnson. #TheReUnionpic.twitter.com/PcxyU9OEuK
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) January 29, 2020
And we heard how Ray Lewis and Michael Irvin were there for each other, too:
“What are you gonna do Ray?”
“I’m gonna leave my mark.”@raylewis made sure @michaelirvin88 knew he was gonna be great. #TheReUnionpic.twitter.com/11tqnFBEMU
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) January 29, 2020
Of course, Irvin being there was always a matter of time his time.
@michaelirvin88 is simply too good to leave off the field, no matter how late he was #TheReUnionpic.twitter.com/zrYqNuDnMt
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) January 29, 2020
Greatness recognized greatness, too, as the guys reflected on the legacy of the late Kobe Bryant:
“Greatness never dies. Legacies never die.”@raylewis pays tribute to Kobe Bryant. #TheReUnionpic.twitter.com/xLKbUFrSWl
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) January 30, 2020
Some fun recruitment stories were shared:
“Four days before signing day, I had no scholarship offers.”@raylewis tells the wild story of how he ended up playing for @CanesFootball. pic.twitter.com/CSiXNI5uWV
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) January 29, 2020
“If you win in Miami, you got this city for the next 40 years!” – @michaelirvin88pic.twitter.com/KTkYVs65ff
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) January 30, 2020
So were some of the hardships that shaped them when they got there:
“That changed me for the rest of my life. It made me get serious about everything… I wanted to celebrate just like that.” @ReggieWayne_17 shares the story of the game that changed his life #TheReUnionpic.twitter.com/o91HJqbSF4
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) January 30, 2020
But with a loyal, loving mom by his side, Reggie Wayne could handle anything:
“It didn’t matter if I caught the winning TD or dropped the winning TD, I knew there was one person that’s going to be in the stands that’s going to have my back.”@reggiewayne_17 gets emotional as he remembers how his mom motivated him his entire life. #TheReUnionpic.twitter.com/M01lEBATWd
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) January 30, 2020
All in all, it was a night full of fun …
#TheReUnion is lit @TwentyERpic.twitter.com/ZkiqxHUCPK
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) January 30, 2020
… a little trash talk …
I’M STILL THE BEST RECEIVER IN @CanesFootball HISTORY @ReggieWayne_17pic.twitter.com/A3ir7ioTCc
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) January 30, 2020
… and a whole lotta love:
“As much as I love the U, I love you guys” @JimmyJohnson shares a great moment with the guys on #TheReUnion. pic.twitter.com/zIA7oAZuyV
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) January 29, 2020