The 300: #14 Darrelle Revis

Purely by chance, we mentioned this guy in passing a couple of days ago. Now our computer tells us that it is his turn to be lauded as one of The 300.

NFL CAREER

New York Jets (2007-2012, 2015-2016)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013)

New England Patriots (2014)

 

POSITION

Cornerback

 

WHY IS HE IMPORTANT

As noted above, we mentioned Revis when we were talking about Aeneas Williams just a couple of days ago. The tag ‘Revis Island’ became media shorthand for describing the way that opposing teams would simply not throw the ball to anyone in his vicinity.

Such conservatism was entirely understandable during Revis’ first stint with the Jets, where he recorded at least three interceptions for every full season played. Not only was Revis quick and agile, but he had above average football intelligence, which meant that he was able to anticipate where the ball was going to go and then get to it. It was that footballing brain which meant that even after the serious knee injury which ended his 2012 season he was still as much of a treat to opposing quarterbacks as he ever was.

In 2013 Revis was traded to Tampa Bay, signing a contract which made him one of the highest-paid non-quarterbacks in NFL history. However, the arrival of Lovie Smith as head coach, with his preference for a Tampa 2 defensive system, meant that Revis was on the move again at the end of the season.

Even after seven seasons in the NFL – positively middle-aged for a cornerback – Revis’ reputation was such that the Patriots snapped him up, and he played a key role in their march to Superbowl XLIX, including a remarkable spell where, in the course of the AFC Championship game and the Superbowl, receivers covered by him caught just one ball. Many veteran players have ridden to a championship ring on the coattails of Belichick, Brady et al, but few have been as integral a component of the team as Revis.

He returned to the Jets at the end of that season, but it was clear that his best days were now behind him. He was released at the end of the 2016 season and has yet to find another team. But for eight seasons as arguably the best corner in the league, he makes this list.

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