After the Buccaneers win last night against the Miami Dolphins, former New York Jet cornerback Darrelle Revis was quoted as saying “[he gets] harassed every day on twitter [by Jets fans]”. This is unfortunately one of the uglier sides of being in the spotlight of the public, not every one is going to like what you do and some people take their dislike to extremes. Revis faced this during his holdout in 2010, when fans claimed he was money-grubbing and didn’t care about the team. The fact that Revis, when he was with the Jets, played at a very high level, going to four pro bowls and being all-pro in three, drew even more attention, especially from the devout group of Jets fans.
Fans of the New York Jets have to remember that football is not just the sport we love, but also a business, and every player on the field sacrifices, or will sacrifice, a lot to play this game. I bet there are some who do it for the love of the game and the opportunity to win the big one. However, Revis clearly has decided to take a more business oriented approach to his career, and even though some would call him greedy, he is merely looking out for his best interests. He played at an extremely high level with the Jets and I for one choose to remember his contributions to the Jets on the field as opposed to what he chose to do with his career. I do wish Revis was still a Jet, but the circumstances did not work out in way that it could happen, and what makes it worst is the fact that the Jets secondary is underperforming currently. For now I will be the Jets fan who wishes Revis the best of luck, and thank him for his services as a Jet (and as a Buc helping to seal a win against our division rivals the Dolphins).