After 11 seasons, Revis Island is officially closed for business.
On Wednesday Darrelle Revis announced his retirement after 11 seasons in the NFL. The future Hall of Famer played eight seasons with the New York Jets, one with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, one with the New England Patriots, and one with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Revis finished his career with 29 interceptions, 497 tackles, and four forced fumbles. He was selected to the Pro Bowl seven times and was named to the First-Team All-Pro four times. He won one Super Bowl, which he did in 2014 with the Patriots when they defeated the Seattle Seahawks.
Revis was a generational talent whose numbers don’t reflect the true impact that he had on the cornerback position over the last decade. His speed, footwork, and technique were unmatched. His on-field vision and awareness were incredible, allowing him to jump routes and make quick tackles. He was able to compete with receivers of all shapes and sizes in both speed and physicality. Opposing quarterbacks were legitimately scared to throw at him, which is one of the reasons why his career interception numbers are so low. Throughout the first eight seasons of his career, opposing quarterbacks had a career passer rating of 60.4 (!) when targeting Revis Island. He was the gold standard of cornerbacks and was the bridge between early 2000s legends like Ty Law and the cornerback studs of the 2010s like Richard Sherman and Patrick Peterson.
There is some debate as to whether or not Revis is a first ballot Hall of Famer. Some of that will depend on who else is in the class of 2023 with him. In addition, cornerbacks are not always locks to make it in on the first ballot. Only five have done so, including Ronnie Lott and Deion Sanders. Revis’ numbers themselves do not put him quite on the same level as some of these players. However, he was the definition of a shutdown cornerback and single-handedly changed the way that opposing teams designed their offenses. He earned his spot in Canton.
As a fan, I will undoubtedly miss watching Revis play. The battles between him and Randy Moss when Revis played for the Jets and Moss for the Patriots were unbelievable. Revis’ one year in New England was also extremely memorable as he helped New England win it’s fourth Super Bowl that cemented its legacy as a dynasty. Whether he was shutting down your favorite player or helping your team win world championships, Revis was truly a pleasure to watch play the game. So cheers Darelle, and enjoy a nice beachfront retirement on Revis Island.
Until next time – B$