Seattle linebacker Bruce Irvin said the funny thing about his post-game comments about Minnesota Teddy Bridgewater in December is that the two are actually friends.

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A subplot of the Seahawks’ 38-7 win at Minnesota on Dec. 6 that has been revived this week was a postgame comment from linebacker Bruce Irvin, who said Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was “so scared” and that Seattle rattled had him.

It’s even more interesting that Irvin proudly displays a Bridgewater jersey in his locker at the Seahawks’ facility in Renton.

“I do got his jersey,” Irvin said with smile. “What a coincidence, huh?”

Irvin said the two are friends, having played against each other in college and training together in Miami in the offseason.

In fact, Irvin said he asked Bridgewater for his jersey during the game as he was helping him up after a tackle by Brandon Mebane. After the game, Irvin gave his jersey to Bridgewater and got one from the Minnesota QB, the two engaging in what has become an increasing trend in the NFL of players swapping jerseys.

After the game, Irvin made his comment to a reporter from

Irvin said he hasn’t heard from Bridgewater since the game and joked that, “He probably trashed (Irvin’s jersey) after that interview.”

Irvin said he didn’t think the comment would get the attention it did. But he also didn’t back down when asked about it Thursday.

“That’s my man,” Irvin said. “But I speak the truth. We had him rattled; that was just it.”

Bridgewater later told reporters in Minnesota that it was “a little embarrassing” to hear what Irvin had said.

“Bruce is still a good player, and a great guy off the field also,” Bridgewater said in December. “I’m going to make sure that I remember those words.”

Irvin said he hopes the Seahawks can do the same to the Vikings and Bridgewater on Sunday during their NFC wild-card game.

“It is what it is,” Irvin said. “Come Sunday, going to try to rattle him again.”

Irvin was Seattle’s first-round draft pick in 2012, and his contract runs out after this season. The Seahawks declined to exercise a contract option for 2016.

Irvin said he understands that from here on out any game could be his last with the Seahawks.

“It could be,” Irvin said. “I’m hoping it’s not but it could be, so I’m just trying to make the best of it. I’ve had a great four years here, I’ve been put in a great situation being able to come in, didn’t have to start and have a lot of pressure on me my first year and just able to translate to a linebacker and kind of feel this thing out. So it’s been a blessing, man, and I’ve enjoyed it and I will always appreciate (Seattle coach) Pete (Carroll) and (Seahawks general manager) John (Schneider). It could be the last three (or four) games, but we’ll handle that when we get to it. I’m just going to enjoy these last three or four games and make the best of it.”

Irvin had said in May he would use the Seahawks’ decision not to exercise the contract option as motivation this season. But on Thursday Irvin said those thoughts mostly went out the window once the season began.

“I actually didn’t even think about it, really,” he said. “Once we got to playing and being around these guys, it’s football. all the other stuff will take care of itself. I’m sure you could ask Kam (Chancellor) the same thing. Being away from these boys, it’s different man. We are out here playing for each other. The contract and stuff is cool, but at the end of the day we are out there playing for each other and our families and you just want to make the best out of it while you can.”