Bruce Irvin ejected from Super Bowl after brawl

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin became the first player in Super Bowl history to be ejected from the Super Bowl.

Irvin was penalized and thrown out following an altercation with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

"I was protecting a teammate, emotions flew," Irvin said. "I saw somebody hit Mike Bennett, so I went and backed up my brother. I went about it wrong. Emotions were flying high and I apologize. But if it happened again, I would go protect my teammate. That's just how it is."

"I don't know, they just started coming at us. We were just trying to take a knee," Gronkowski said. "Just happens, it's football, just emotions going."

Gronkowski attributed the meltdown to frustration as the Seahawks lost the game.

"Just frustration between the two teams," he said. "It's football, things happen, it's all good. I mean, it's all good. They played ball, they're a hard-working team and we just came out and did what we did to get the win."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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