Darrelle Revis: “I Knew it was Something Different”


Sept 23, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) is attended to after being injured in the second half in a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

We remember this scene, but not for any good reasons. This was about as close to “D-Day” as you can have, as it was the day we lost Darrelle Revis for the season. Not a great day in the life of a Jets fan.

We haven’t seen or heard from Darrelle since the injury, so yesterday, the media got a treat, when Darrelle met them for the first time since the injury, to talk about it, the surgery, and all things related. He knew he was in trouble right when it happened:

I knew it was something different. I’ve been hit in the knee 1,000 times. I just knew this wasn’t a hyperextension. I knew it was something much worse. I figured it was an ACL, meniscus or PCL (tear). The doctors told me it was an ACL, so when I heard that I knew I couldn’t play the rest of the season. I just had to wrap my brain around that and get ready for the next things to come ahead.

He is confident that he can return to the status of dominant player when he gets back:

Yes. If everything goes right and I do everything right with this procedure and this process for me for the next four to six months, yes. I’m a confident player. I’ve never had an injury like this, so this is all new for me. I’m a hard worker. I know I’m going to work my butt off and get back to where I need to be.

Has Darrelle been attending defensive meetings?

No, I haven’t. I haven’t been in the meetings. That was moreso my choice. (The) coaches told me I could be in there. I just feel, at this time, my focus needs to be on my knee. (There’s) nothing wrong with not being in there, but I just don’t want to be a distraction to my teammates, being injured. They’re trying to focus and they’re trying to win games. The only thing I can do is be where I need to be, and that’s in the training room making sure I’m getting my range of motion in my knee back and focusing on my knee.

It’s good to see Darrelle in good spirits. He has accepted where he is at, and is ready to work his tail off to get back to the player he was. He also mentioned that he understands he must prove himself again before becoming concerned with his contract. His head is in the right place. See you next year Darrelle.