Seven-time Pro Bowler and Four-Time All-Pro Corner Darrelle Revis officially called it a career on Wednesday after eleven seasons in the National Football League. Revis was known for being the best shutdown corner in all of football during the 7-8 seasons he flat-out dominated and owned the league as well as being a sound business man earning over $124M through his 11-year career.
“Today I am closing a chapter in my life that I once dreamed of as a kid and I am officially retiring from the National Football League,” Revis said in a statement. This is a guy that would shut down the best receivers of this generation like “Megatron” Calvin Johnson or “Ochocinco” Chad Johnson holding them for a mere catch some games during his dominant period of play for the New York Jets. It’s where Revis Island was born and opposing QB’s knew not to even look in No. 24’s direction, much less attempt to throw on the elite corner.
Darrelle Revis spent the 2014 season with the New England Patriots following his release from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he spent much of the 2013 season not looking like the same player coming off a torn ACL from the year prior with the Jets. All he did in 2014 was re-establish himself as the best shutdown corner in the league leading New England to their first Super Bowl in nearly a decade. Revis had the opportunity to play for the best defensive mind in the game in Bill Belichick, win a Super Bowl, then head back to where it all began in New York with a massive new contract.
The Patriots weren’t going to win a bidding war for Revis, so a move many questioned in the local media at the time turned out to be a genius one was Revis went back to the Jets on a massive five-year, $70M deal with $39 million fully guaranteed. He was never the same player, looked to have lost his edge and elite ability and was released after year two of the deal. He caught on with the Kansas City Chiefs at the end of last season playing a total of five games including the playoffs, but everyone knew this wasn’t the same All-Pro player we were accustomed to seeing week-in and week-out and he was released in February.
The Jets released a few statements yesterday to comment on their elite shut-down corner who is no doubt ticketed for Canton and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, “I spent two seasons with Darrelle and he stands out as one of the smartest players I have ever coached. Darrelle was also a player with a relentless dedication to preparation who set a high standard for how he practiced every day. He walks away from this game leaving a stamp that everyone who knows the game will remember,” head coach Todd Bowles said.
Revis ends his career with 139 passes defensed, 29 interceptions, 3 touchdowns and a legacy on how an elite cornerback should look and play the game. An ode to Revis Island as he sets sail for whatever the next chapter may hold.