Former Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin is officially joining the Johnny Manziel-to-Dallas hype train. And the Hall of Famer doesn't just want to stand by and watch it happen, he wants to play an active role in Manziel's potential revival.

Appearing on the Rich Eisen show, Irvin -- now an analyst with NFL Network -- strongly advocated for Jerry Jones to go out and snag Manziel if the Browns cut ties with their former first-round pick, which the team recently indicated.

"I love the game of football and the game of football saves lives," Irvin said. "If you can get a football player, young guy, Johnny Manziel won a Heisman Trophy at 18-19 years old. He is still growing up. I don't know why we think because a guy can throw a football, run for a touchdown, it makes him the most mature person in the world. There will come a time when he will cross over that threshold and become a great football player and, yeah, I am willing to work with him on that and I hope the Cowboys do get him."

Why? Because Irvin thinks Jones can save the Heisman winner.

"When you are around people that are more sympathetic and have dealt with issues like the Dallas Cowboys or like a Jerry Jones, who will get in there and talk to him on a man-to-man level and help him come along as a man. ... He helped me become a better man, and he will take his time," Irvin said. "When you know there is somebody pulling for you up in the higher office, it does make a difference ... I think it can make a difference in this kid's life."