It is a sad day seeing one of the best corner-backs of all time hang up his cleats and call it a career. Former New York Jets cornerback, Darelle Revis, future hall of famer, and a probable first ballot, started his historic journey with gang green. Drafted 14th in the 2007 NFL draft by the Jets out of the University of Pittsburgh.
Revis is mainly known for his performance throughout the 2009 season, the year where Revis Island was born. That season, Revis only allowed a high of five-receptions, and 58 yards. Only two assignments managed to score touchdowns on him – those receivers being the almighty Randy Moss on the Patriots and a man by the name of Mike Sims-Walker from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The numbers speak for themselves!
In Terrell Owens’ three games against Revis Island, he only managed to have 8 receptions 46 yards and no touchdowns. Randy Moss was able to salvage two-touchdowns in three games, but only had 9 receptions and 88 yards. Calvin Johnson, a athletic freak of nature, barely grabbed four-receptions and 57 yards with no touchdowns. All three NFL legends averaged a career passer rating of 55.7 against the swift intellectual corner from gang green.
Back to back AFC championship games:
Now lets be honest, without Darelle Revis, the Jets’ chances of making the AFC championship and having a run at the Superbowl would have been quite difficult if it weren’t for the seven time Pro Bowl corner. It had seemed as if Revis was unbeatable until Vincent Jackson put up over 100 yards and one-touchdown in the divisional playoff round of 2009. Revis averaged seven-receptions and 80 yards per game over all six playoff games throughout years 2009-2010. It is without question that his time as a New York Jet was remarkable, until his last year which definitely let him know it was time to call it a career.
His average passer rating of 60.4 stretching from 2007-2015 went to 109.8 in 2016. Now we all know the history, but with a decrease in speed and agility, his football IQ can only do so much for him. Playing against a conveyor belt of brand new monstrous receivers who only get quicker as Revis gets slower doesn’t show signs of success for him in the future. This was a wise decision, and Revis Island without a doubt will never be forgotten.