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Darrelle Shavar Revis (born July 14, 1985, in Aliquippa, Pennsylvaniamarker) 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 Pittsburghmarker.

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 Aliquippamarker 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.

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 Stanfordmarker coach Walt Harris. He is the nephew of former Pitt and NFL star Sean Gilbert.

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 Collegemarker. 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 Cincinnatimarker and blocked a field goal against UConnmarker which was returned for the score. Revis also had an interception and totaled 119 punt return yards against Rutgersmarker.

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 Virginiamarker and Cincinnati, which were both taken back for touchdowns. Revis' year was highlighted with a 73-yard punt return against the Mountaineers, which contained a key block. The Panthers lost the game 45-27.

“The Return”

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.The video was also voted the best College Football Play of the Year Video:[385539].

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, and was one of the 30 to be drafted. 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
Wt 40 yd 20 ss 3-cone Vert BP Wonderlic
204 lb* 4.38s* 4.08* 6.56* 38 in.* 16* X

Though Revis was not the first defensive back drafted (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. Darrelle Revis was drafted in the 1st round (14th overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. On August 15, Revis signed a 6-year, $30 million contract that included $11 million in guarantees with the Jets.

Revis was one of the 10 players of the '07 draft class to be a Pro-bowl selection as of 2009, the other 9 being Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas out of Wisconsin, Minnesota Vikings runningback Adrian Peterson out of Oklahoma, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis out of Ole Missmarker, Buffalo Bills runningback Marshawn Lynch, out of Cal, Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin out of Texas, Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason out of Miami, New York Giants linebacker/long snapper Zak DeOssie out of Brown, Baltimore Ravens running/full back Le'Ron McClain out of Alabama and Dallas Cowboys kicker Nick Folk from Arizona.

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 quoted 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.

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.

2009 season

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.

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.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan has stated on several occasions the thinks Revis is the best cornerback currently in the NFL. NFL Total Access ranked him as the No. 3 cornerback in the league on a Best In The Biz list in 2009.


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