Darrelle Revis is considered one of the best to ever wear a New York Jets uniform. With his recent retirement, does Revis Island deserve a Pro Football Hall of Fame nod?
Darrelle Revis was more than a man during his career in the NFL, he was an island.
A scary place where wide receivers would go on a weekly basis and not be heard from for the entire game. The island was open for 11 seasons but was finally closed down on Wednesday as Revis announced his retirement via Twitter.
Revis is considered by many football pundits to be one of the best cornerbacks to ever play the game. He was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time first team All-Pro selection. He played for four teams during his career; New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, and Kansas City Chiefs. He totaled 29 interceptions and 140 pass defenses which helped him earn the “Revis Island” nickname. Of his 29 interceptions recorded, 25 of them came during his eight seasons with the Jets.
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Revis was an integral part of the Jets defense during their back-to-back trips to the AFC Championship Game in 2009 and 2010. Revis had a career year in 2009, totaling six interceptions and led the league with 31 passes defended. His stats dropped off in 2010, but that was because teams refused to throw his way that season. His value in 2010 was even greater than in 2009.
I think he’s the best corner, period, at any one stretch. I thought he was the best corner. Obviously he never had the longevity of Deion (Sanders). So, you would take Deion ahead of him. But the few years that I had him, he was as dominant of a player as there was in the league.”
Revis first tour of duty with the Jets ended in 2012 when he tore his ACL against Miami in Week 3. He was then traded to the Buccaneers in 2013 where he played for one year before he joined the enemy in the Patriots in 2014. Jets fans will always be proud Revis was able to win a Super Bowl but it leaves a sour taste in their mouths knowing it was with the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks.
In 2015, Revis returned to the Jets and posted a career-high in takeaways with four fumble recoveries and five interceptions. The Jets just missed the NFL Playoffs in 2015, losing to the Buffalo Bills in a season finale win and in game. Revis then started 15 games in 2016 in a disappointing 5-11 season.
No one will probably ever remember 2017. Revis played six games for the Kansas City Chiefs which shouldn’t affect his legacy and Pro Football Hall of Fame resume in any way. Revis is one of the best on the field performers of all time but what some people forget is the type of businessman he was during his career.
11 seasons, four teams, over $120 million in career earnings. The Jets were featured in the 2010 season of Hard Knocks and a compelling storyline during the season was his infamous training camp holdout. Eventually, the Jets and Revis were able to come to a contract agreement by the end of camp.
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There is no doubt that Revis will be inducted into the Jets Ring of Honor someday soon along with an induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Revis Island, an all-time great player and an all-time great negotiator. He’s undoubtedly going to get a gold jacket the moment he’s eligible to be inducted. Best of all? Revis will be enshrined as a member of the Jets.