At the end of the day, cornerback Darrelle Revis will go down in the history books as one of the greatest players of all-time to ever play for the New York Jets.
When it comes to the measuring stick of using the tag of “the greatest of all-time,” it comes down to several factors. The impact that player had every time they were on the field, their statistics, whether or not they won a Super Bowl championship, and of course, their overall legacy. Cornerback Darrelle Revis made such a name for himself on the New York Jets, opposing wide receivers feared going up against him week in, week out.
Of course, he never won a Super Bowl championship with the Jets, but besides that, he checked off the majority of those factors during his eight seasons with the franchise. Despite earning his Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots, “Revis Island” will mostly be known for when he was a member of the Jets.
In his Jets career, Revis totaled 314 tackles, one sack, 25 interceptions, and started 108 games. He was the true definition of consistency for most of his Jets career and despite the rocky end to his tenure with the team, time heals all in the grand scheme of things.
Will Revis, however, be considered the greatest Jet of all-time? Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why he undoubtedly is:
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Remember, Revis was one of the big reasons why the Jets were even able to be in those back-to-back AFC Championship Games in 2009 and 2010. He shut down elite wide receivers easily and brought a lot of legitimacy to the Jets during a time where they were mostly considered a laughingstock of a franchise.
As his retirement starts to settle in and the years go by, the legacy Revis leaves behind will be remembered forever by his teammates and especially fans. At one point in his Jets career, Revis was the face of the franchise, had a lot of fans proudly wear his jersey, and made the team a consistent contender.
Overall, Revis will go down as the greatest player to ever play for the Jets in franchise history. He will be remembered for everything he brought to the Jets during his prime and the fact that there will likely never be another player of his caliber for a very long time. “Revis Island” has come and gone but will always be remembered fondly for decades to come.