A police report says the incident took place Monday night in Far North Dallas when a passenger in a car next to him at a red light suddenly pointed a gun at him, The Dallas Morning News said Wednesday.
Irvin feared he was being robbed, but the gunman suddenly recognized him as a onetime hero for the home team.
"So we started talking about the Cowboys and everything," Irvin told the newspaper. "Then they got back on the highway."
No one was hurt and the suspects haven't been found. Irvin told the Morning News he couldn't provide much of a description; however, he did know one thing about the fellow he had been talking to.
"I tell you what," Irvin said, "I'm glad he was a Cowboy fan."