Sunday Morning Spotlight: Darrelle Revis


July 30, 2012; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets defensive back Darrelle Revis (24) speaks with head coach Rex Ryan at the New York Jets practice. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

In this week’s Sunday Morning Spotlight, we take a look at a guy that really needs no introduction. The man they have named a geographic location after. Spotlight on Darrelle Revis.

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Darrelle played for Aliquippa High School in his hometown, starring in both football and basketball. He played basketball so well, that he averaged 25.2 PPG in his senior year, and led his team in scoring as both a junior and a senior. Thank goodness he continued with football.

In the PIAA Class AA State Championship football game, he led Aliquippa to a come-from-behind 32–27 win over Northern Lehigh by scoring 5 touchdowns including 3 rushing touchdowns, a punt return, and the return of a blocked Northern Lehigh field goal attempt. He also completed a 39 yard pass, had a reception, and an interception in the game.

He went to the University of Pittsburgh to play his college ball, a school where the Jets have had success in the past(see Curtis Martin)

Darrelle made his mark right away as a freshman, earning Freshman All-American honors as a first teamer. He recorded 49 tackles, 12 passes broken up, 14 passes defended and 2 INTs. As a sophomore, Revis doubled his INT total to four, and defended 13 passes, earning him first team All-Big East honors.

Revis played one more year for Pitt in 2006, and made his mark on the national stage. He recorded pick sixes against the University of Virginia and Cincinnati. He also ran a highlight reel 73 yard punt return for a TD against West Virgina, which earned College Football Play of the Year at the ESPYs.

He was drafted with the 14th overall pick of the 2007 draft by the Jets and we know the rest.

Darrelle is a four time Pro Bowler, and a three time All Pro. He has an area of the field nicknamed for him, we all know it, it’s a tourist trap for wide receivers, known as “Revis Island”.

His best season was in 2009, with 6 INTs, and 31 passes defended, earning Darrelle AFC Defensive Player of the Year honors. He is the best shutdown cornerback in the game, period. There is no debate. He didn’t record any INTs in 2010, but that was because nobody through the ball in Revis’ direction.

Here is some tape to relive the magic:

He’s the best at his craft, bar none. Spotlight on Darrelle Revis.