Darrelle Revis Announces His Retirement

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Following a failed stint with the Kansas City Chiefs, Darrelle Revis has decided to hang up his cleats once and for all. The 7-time Pro Bowler announced his decision to retire on Wednesday via Twitter.

During his prime years as a member of the New York Jets, Revis was the best cornerback in the NFL. He regularly covered the opposing team’s best receiver, putting them on a place known as “Revis Island.” This nickname, which was trademarked by Revis, refers to his ability to shut down any offensive player one-on-one.

The impact that Revis has had on the game of football is undeniable. Many young corners learned to play their position by watching him and mimicking his play style in hopes of one day reaching his level of dominance. A football field may seem cluttered at times, but you can bet that every player knew Revis’ position.

Revis spent the first six seasons of his career with the Jets. During this time, he was named to the Pro Bowl four times from 2008 to 2011, as well as three selections to the All-Pro First Team. The Jets’ current head coach, Todd Bowles, only had kind words to say about Revis:

“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.”

The team chairman of the Jets, Christopher Johnson, stated:

“Darrelle’s preparation, competitiveness, intelligence and attention to detail are a reflection of his dedication to the game and his teammates. Jets fans everywhere slept well at night confident that receivers would be stranded on Revis Island.”

While Revis’ glory days were spent in New York, he made some notable pit stops. In April of 2013, the Jets traded Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Revis started all 16 games for the Bucs and totaled two interceptions, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, 50 tackles, and a sack. Despite being named to the Pro-Bowl, Revis didn’t quite fit the Bucs’ defensive scheme. After failing to find a trade partner to accommodate Darrelle, Tampa Bay granted him his outright release.

Revis next played for the Patriots in 2014, where he earned the first and only Super Bowl Championship of his career. He had another solid season in the Pats uniform, making 47 tackles, two interceptions, forcing a fumble to help New England to a 12-4 record. He also earned yet another All-Pro First Team selection.

These days are over now, but fans will never forget the impact which Revis had on the defensive end of the field. His next career stop could very well be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Ohio.


Featured Image via Flickr/MarineCorps NewYork

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