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Darrelle Revis

Revis sporting the vintage Jets jersey in 2008.
No. 24     New York Jets
Personal information
Date of birth: July 14, 1985 (1985-07-14) (age 24)
Place of birth: Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
College: Pittsburgh
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
Debuted in 2007 for the New York Jets
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Tackles     199
Sacks     1.0
Interceptions     14
Stats at NFL.com

Darrelle Shavar Revis (born July 14, 1985, in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania), is an American football cornerback for the New York Jets of the National Football League. Revis was drafted in the first round (14th overall) by the Jets in the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Pittsburgh. Currently regarded as the best cornerback in the NFL,[1][2] his spot on the field is nicknamed "Revis Island" for his ability to play one-on-one with opposing receivers.[3]


High school career

High school accolades include the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2003 Player of the Year, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2003 WPIAL Class AA Player of the Year, and 2003 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Fabulous 22”.

In the PIAA Class AA State Championship football game, he led Aliquippa to a come-from-behind 32-27 win over Northern Lehigh by scoring 5 touchdowns including 3 rushing touchdowns, a punt return, and the return of a blocked Northern Lehigh field goal attempt. He also completed a 39 yard pass, had a reception, and an interception in the game.[4]

In his junior and senior years of high school, he led Aliquippa to WPIAL basketball championships, leading the team in scoring both years, culminating with a 25.2 PPG average his senior season.

Revis was recruited to Pitt by former University of Pittsburgh and Stanford coach Walt Harris.

He is the nephew of former Pitt and NFL player Sean Gilbert.

He is the son of a former high school track star, Diana Gilbert, and Darryl Revis. He has two siblings: DéAudra, and Terry.[5]

College career

Revis earned first-team Freshman All-America honors his 2004 freshman campaign. Revis played all 12 games, and started 11 of those 12. Revis tied for fifth on the team with 49 tackles, tied for team lead with 12 broken-up passes, and second on the team with 14 defended passes. Revis also totaled two interceptions. The most important of the two interceptions was against the West Virginia Mountaineers, when he intercepted a late pass that set up the Panthers' game-winning drive. Revis also totaled a career-high seven tackles against Boston College. With Pitt leading 17-10, the Boston College Eagles elected to go for it late in the fourth on fourth-and-goal. The pass got to the one yard line, but Revis hit the receiver and stopped him from getting the score.

Revis' sophomore season in 2005 was another excellent campaign. Revis earned first-team All-Big East at cornerback. Revis led the Panthers with four interceptions and was second-team with 13 defended passes. Revis was ranked second in the Big East with two recovered fumbles. Revis had a 79-yard punt return for a score against the University of Cincinnati and blocked a field goal against UConn which was returned for the score. Revis also had an interception and totaled 119 punt return yards against Rutgers.

Revis' final year at Pitt, his 2006 junior campaign, was where he established himself on the national stage. He was a candidate for Jim Thorpe Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy at the end of the season. Revis recorded interceptions against the University of Virginia and Cincinnati, which were both taken back for touchdowns.

During the 2006 Backyard Brawl game with rival West Virginia, Revis made a dynamic, 73-yard punt return, while breaking several tackles, and finally scoring a touchdown late in the second quarter. The key block to spring him, by Pitt wide receiver Derek Kinder, took out two Mountaineers. The play was nominated for "Best Play" at the 2007 ESPY Awards and was voted the best College Football Play of the Year.[6]


Awards and honors

Pro career

2007 NFL Draft

Revis announced he would forgo his senior year at Pittsburgh to enter the 2007 NFL Draft; he was considered one of the top 3 cornerbacks available—along with Leon Hall of Michigan and Aaron Ross of Texas—,[7] and was one of the 30 to be drafted.[8] Though he received a combine invite, he chose not to work out there, instead performing at Pittsburgh's Pro Day. The other players drafted out of Pittsburgh from the draft were linebacker Clint Session, chosen by the Indianapolis Colts and linebacker H.B. Blades who was chosen by the Washington Redskins.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5-11⅜ ** 204 lb ** 4.38 ** 1.46 ** 2.49 ** 4.08 ** 6.56 ** 38 in. ** 10'05" ** X X
(** represents Pittsburgh Pro Day, on March 16, 2007)[9]

Though Revis was not the first defensive back drafted in the 2007 NFL Draft (that honor went to LaRon Landry, who was chosen by the Washington Redskins with the 6th pick), he was the first cornerback taken that year. The New York Jets traded their first-round selection, the first of their second-round selections and their fifth-round selection to the Carolina Panthers for the chance to move from the 25th pick to the 14th pick, one slot ahead of Revis' hometown Pittsburgh Steelers. With their selection, the Jets drafted Revis. On August 15, Revis signed a 6-year, $30 million contract that included $11 million in guarantees with the Jets.[10]

Rookie season

Revis was listed at the starting cornerback for the Jets at the beginning of the 2007 NFL season. In his first game against the New England Patriots, Revis recorded 7 tackles and held Wes Welker to 6 catches for just 61 yards in the 38-14 loss. He recorded the first interception of his career against the division-rival Buffalo Bills during their week 8 matchup. Revis would show great progression throughout the season, remaining as the Jets' solid starter and one of their best defensive players. Starting at 16 games, Revis ended his rookie season with 87 total tackles. one sack, one forced fumble and 3 interceptions. During an interview with Revis held at the 2008 NFL Draft, Revis said that he was only beaten twice for touchdowns in his rookie season by Braylon Edwards and Terrell Owens, both taking advantage of the size difference on fade routes.[11]

Games Tackles Ast Sacks PDef INT TD YDS FF
16 74 13 0.0 17 3 0 20 1

Darrelle Revis' statistics in 2007, his rookie season.

2008 season

As the starting cornerback for the Jets in his second season, Revis established himself as an All-Pro cornerback after being tied for second among interception leaders through week 15 of the 2008 NFL season with five picks. Revis had an impressive performance against the Arizona Cardinals and their vaunted passing duo of wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald during week 4, nabbing two interceptions in the game, jogging one back 32 yards for his first NFL touchdown.

Despite his performance along with All-Pro free safety Kerry Rhodes, the Jets' pass defense was ranked 28th which prompted coach Eric Mangini to sign free agent All-Pro cornerback and former New York Jet Ty Law after week 10 of the season. Though the addition of Law was made to bolster the Jets' pass defense, Revis remained the starting corner. The Jets gave up 471 yards passing against Kurt Warner and the Cardinals during the week 4 matchup and another 400 yard performance from Matt Cassel and the New England Patriots during their Thursday Night Football matchup on week 11, though Revis' side of the field was known not to be tested while teams instead chose to attack rookie cornerback Dwight Lowery.

During the 2008 Pro-bowl, Revis intercepted a pass intended for Anquan Boldin with one hand.

Games Tackles Ast Sacks PDef INT TD YDS FF
16 45 13 1.0 16 5 1 38 1

Darrelle Revis' statistics in 2008, his second season playing with the New York Jets, and his second season in the NFL.

2009 season

Revis has become the NFL's preeminent lockdown cornerback, drawing comparisons to Deion Sanders and Rod Woodson and propelling the Jets' defense to the top of the charts.

—Tim Graham, ESPN.[12]

Darrelle Revis started off the '09 season matched up against some of football's best wide receivers. In Week 1, he helped limit Houston Texans Pro-bowler Andre Johnson to four receptions for 35 yards. Revis then faced Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, when he matched up against another Pro-bowl receiver, Randy Moss, and limited him four receptions and 24 yards after catching 14 passes for 141 yards the week prior. Revis also had an interception against Brady, helping the Jets defense to be the first team since 2006 to stop the Patriots from scoring a touchdown.

In Week 5 against the Miami Dolphins, Revis was beaten by wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. for a 53-yard touchdown reception on Monday Night Football.[13]

Revis and the Jets defense later limited the New Orleans Saints offense to ten points, with Revis holding Saints wideout Marques Colston to two receptions for 38 yards. Revis then held Buffalo Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens to three receptions for 13 yards in Week 6. However, the Jets would lose both games due to turnover problems. Revis would go on to blanket another bunch of receivers including Randy Moss and Ted Ginn Jr. again, Jacksonville's Mike Sims-Walker and Oakland's Louis Murphy.

During Week 12 of the '09 season, Revis shut Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith out, to only 1 reception for 5 yards. Revis also intercepted Panther's quarterback Jake Delhomme twice, returning one of the two interceptions for a touchdown, his first defensive touchdown of the season, and his second of his 3 season career. The next week (Week 13), Revis and the Jets played on Thursday Night Football against the Buffalo Bills, and Revis recorded his 5th interception of the season. He was matched up against Terrell Owens once again, this time, Owens got 31 yards, apposed to his 13 yard game during week 6. Not only did Revis perform well against Owens, but he also threw an enormous block on him, which resulted in Owens tumbling to the ground hard and fast.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan has stated on several occasions that he thinks Revis is the "best" cornerback in the NFL, and that he is also the best cornerback he's worked with, in all of his years of coaching defenses. NFL Total Access ranked him as the No. 3 cornerback in the league on a Best In The Biz list before the '09 season kicked off. Deion Sanders also said "Revis is going to be the best corner in the game for years."[14]

Revis ended the year winning a Pro Bowl spot, and earned major respect inside and outside of the league. In Week 17 (the NFL's last regular season week), he ended up locking Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco down to the point where Ochocinco didn't even receive a single reception, mainly in part because a win would not advance Cincinnati to a higher seed in the playoffs, and also because Ochocinco left the game with an injured knee. The Jets won the game 37-0, their second shutout, and third 'defensive' shutout. The victory qualified the Jets for the postseason, and the two teams met up again six days later during the first round. During their 24-14 victory over the Bengals, Revis again shut down Ochocinco, limiting him to 2 catches for 28 yards and collecting an interception.

In the second week of the playoffs, Revis and the Jets defeated the AFC's #2 seed the San Diego Chargers, 17-14. Since the San Diego Chargers had a large variety of well acclaimed receivers, Revis was forced to cover most of them. Philip Rivers, the San Diego quarterback, only threw the ball to a receiver covered by Revis three times during the entire game. Two of the three were tipped away by Revis for an incomplete pass, and the third was an interception. His interception was made diving to the ground to catch the ball that was deflected off the shoe of Chargers' wide receiver Vincent Jackson. Revis' interception changed the momentum of the game and was instrumental in the Jets' 17-14 victory. The win led the Jets to the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts, the Jets first trip to the AFC Championship game since 1998. Unfortunately, the Jets lost 30-17, due to a lack of scoring in the second half (0 points), and poor secondary playing, with the exception of Revis himself, who only allowed 2 receptions.

Revis lost in the Defensive Player of the Year voting to Charles Woodson, 28-14. Rex Ryan, as well as many others think that the results are a disappointment. During an interview when asked on his thoughts, Ryan said "This, in my opinion, was the best year a corner has ever had, the most impact a corner has ever had in the National Football League. That's my opinion. Apparently, that wasn't how everybody felt." He also went on to say "The number that I think that's interesting would be 8, and no that's not amount (I'm talking about) of touchdown passes Green Bay gave up against Arizona. That is the number of touchdown passes we gave up all season, as the Jets. And the biggest reason for that is Darrelle Revis".

Games Tackles Ast Sacks PDef INT TD YDS FF
16 47 7 0.0 31 6 1 121 0
Statistics that Revis allowed in 2009.
Player Team Receptions Yards TD INT
Andre Johnsonb Houston Texans 4[3] 35 0 0
Randy Mossb New England Patriotsc 4[3] 24 0 1
Justin Gage Tennessee Titansc 4[3] 37 0 0
Marques Colston New Orleans Saintsc 2[15] 33 0 0
Ted Ginn, Jr. Miami Dolphins 2[3] 57 1 0
Terrell Owensb Buffalo Bills 3[3] 13 0 0
Louis Murphy Oakland Raiders 4[3] 58 0 0
Ted Ginn, Jr.a Miami Dolphins 0[3] 0 0 0
Mike Sims-Walker Jacksonville Jaguars 2[3] 23 0 0
Randy Mossab New England Patriotsc 5[3] 34 1 0
Steve Smithb Carolina Panthersc 1[3] 5 0 2
Terrell Owensab Buffalo Bills 3[3] 31 0 1
Antonio Bryant Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2[16] 22 0 1
Roddy Whiteb Atlanta Falcons 4[17] 33 0 0
Reggie Wayneb Indianapolis Coltsc 3[18] 33 0 0
Chad Ochocincob Cincinnati Bengalsc 0[19] 0 0 0
Chad Ochocincoab Cincinnati Bengalsc 2[19] 28 0 1
Multiple Receivers San Diego Chargersc 1[20] -4 0 1
a represents a second time someone had matched up against Revis.
b represents a pro-bowl receiver.
c represents a team with a pro-bowl quarterback


  1. ^ Pedulla, Tom (December 23, 2009), "Jets' Darrelle Revis staking claim as NFL's best cornerback", USA Today, http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/jets/2009-12-22-darrelle-revis_N.htm 
  2. ^ Bishop, Greg (December 26, 2009), "Making Mr. Right: Jets’ Revis Is Finished Product", New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/27/sports/football/27jets.html 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Ravitz, Nate (December 3, 2009), "Facing New York Jets' Darrelle Revis could mean bad news for opposing wide receivers", ESPN.com, http://sports.espn.go.com/fantasy/football/ffl/story?id=4707319 
  4. ^ PIAA Class AA: Do-it-all Revis powers Aliquippa to 32-27 win vs. Northern Lehigh
  5. ^ Jets’ Revis Applies Mother’s Lesson in Fighting Off Fear
  6. ^ Revis Punt Return TD is ESPN's College Football Play of the Year
  7. ^ "2007 Cornerbacks Ranking", NFLDraftScout.com, http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/players.php?genpos=CB&draftyear=2007&sortorder=tsxpos&order=ASC, retrieved December 28, 2009 
  8. ^ "2007 NFL Draft - Breakdown by Position - CB", Sports Illustrated, April 2007, http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2007/draft/breakdowns/by_position/cb.html 
  9. ^ "Darrelle Revis Draft Profile", NFLDraftScout.com, http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=33896&draftyear=2007&genpos=CB, retrieved December 28, 2009 
  10. ^ The Jets announced the signing of Revis on August 16th, the deal believed to be a 6 year 36 million one.Revis declares for NFL Draft
  11. ^ Profile on NFL.com
  12. ^ Graham, Tim (January 14, 2010), "Versus Revis, all WRs in elimination game", ESPN, http://espn.go.com/blog/afceast/post/_/id/9203/versus-revis-all-wrs-in-elimination-game 
  13. ^ http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2009101200/2009/REG5/jets@dolphins#tab:recap/recap-channels:cat-post-recap-full-story
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  15. ^ Hogan, Nakia (October 4, 2009). "New York Jets disrupt New Orleans Saints offense to no avail". The Times-Picayune. http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2009/10/new_york_jets_disrupt_new_orle.html. 
  16. ^ "Jets use Revis to shadow Antonio Bryant". NBC Sports. December 14, 2009. http://ppe-nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/34418626/. 
  17. ^ Gorman, Denis (December 20, 2009). "Jets cornerback gives Falcons a workout". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. http://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-falcons/jets-cornerback-gives-falcons-249239.html. 
  18. ^ Walker, Monique (January 22, 2010). "Revis gives Jets singular talent in their corner". Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/sports/football/articles/2010/01/22/revis_gives_jets_singular_talent_in_their_corner/. 
  19. ^ a b Costello, Brian (January 9, 2010). "Jets, Revis shut down Ochocinco again". New York Post. http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/jets/jets_revis_shut_down_ochocinco_again_9fTBpuBD5xF3XjbWvOIE0I. 
  20. ^ King, Peter (January 18, 2010). "What divisional weekend lacked in drama, it made up in poignancy". Sports Illustrated. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/peter_king/01/17/mmqb/. 

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