Best of the Decade – Darrelle Revis (2007 – 2012, 2015-2016)
Darrelle “Revis Island” Revis has to be the best Jet of the decade because he made his mark as an elite cornerback not only as a Jets player but as maybe the best player at his position during his time with Gang Green. Revis will most likely be an NFL Hall of Famer and that is an indication of his greatness. Revis will be remembered with the likes of Dion Sanders, Rod Woodson, Champ Bailey, and Charles Woodson. Gil Brandt of NFL.com seems to agree with, he ranked Revis as 16th on his “greatest NFL cornerbacks of all time” list.
Quarterbacks and wide receivers loathed having to face Revis, His physicality, recovery speed, and natural ball hawk instincts made it difficult to throw and catch the ball in his vicinity. He got the nickname “Revis Island” as wide receivers felt they were stranded on an island without the ball by the way that Revis covered them.
Darrelle finished his career with 432 solo tackles solo (526 combined tackles), 32 interceptions, 12 fumble recoveries, through 155 games. He also was a three-time First-Team All-Pro, attended five Pro Bowls, and was a Super Bowl Champion (*sigh* with the New England Patriots).
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Revis had an exceptional career and probably should have ended in a Jets uniform. But that was ruined by then-GM John Idzik when he traded him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because he was concerned Revis would not be the same after tearing his ACL during the 2012 season. In return, the Jets received the 2013 13th overall pick which was used to draft Sheldon Richardson (lasted three years with the Jets), who was a good defensive tackle but not an elite talent like Revis.
As we enter the new decade, be hopeful that the New York Jets will continue to acquire All-Pro talent. They already have Jamal Adams, as I mentioned, who is looking like he will be a transcendent strong safety. So let’s hope that Joe Douglas will help Gang Green this offseason by finding exceptional talents. Players that we will not only rally behind because of their greatness but also because they will help bring a championship to the franchise.
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