After 11 impactful seasons, the now former New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis elected to retire from the game this past Tuesday just as the ink was drying on his 1 day contract with the team that he made his name with. Revis also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, and the Kansas City Chiefs. Looked upon as the face of the cornerback position in the NFL for most of his career, Revis looked to be at peace with his decision to end his career and ready to move on to the next phase of his life.
“Darrelle Revis is one of the greatest players to ever wear a Jets jersey and one of the most dominant defensive players in the history of professional football,” Jets chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson said in a statement. “Darrelle’s preparation, competitiveness, intelligence and attention to detail are a reflection of his dedication to the game and his teammates. Just as remarkable is Darrelle’s humility and how approachable he is off the field. Jets fans everywhere slept well and night confidence that receivers would be stranded on Revis Island.”
— New York Jets (@nyjets) July 24, 2018
“You got to remember him being Revis Island,” Rex Ryan told the Daily News. “That’s how I remember him. I’d hate that they’d remember him for something less. But that’s who he was. He had his own island out there. I guess you could argue it’s Deion (Sanders) or him as the best of all time. You probably put Deion ahead just because he had the longevity. But, my God, Revis ain’t far behind him.”
A Super Bowl champion who made seven pro bowl appearances and four all-pro selections, “Revis Island” was the terror of receivers league wide. Defending names such as Randy Moss, Calvin Johnson and Terrell Owens, Revis maintained his fearless approach to his craft regardless of his opposition. With his universal respect still existing league wide as he departs all that’s left to close this chapter is his inevitable enshrinement date for the hall of fame.