Darrelle Revis Retires From NFL

Darrelle Revis announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday. This was the expected move after an offseason in which Revis’ name has hardly been mentioned. 

For the past eleven years, it has truly been an honor to showcase one of my greatest gifts to the world. Today, I am closing a chapter in my life that I once creamed of as a kid and I am officially retiring from the National Football League,” Revis said in a press release. “The game of football has opened doors for me I once thought were nearly impossible to get through. My passion to play the game at an elite level brought fun and excitement to the term “shutdown corner,” which was nearly on the verge of extinction. Covering some of the toughest assignments in league history was a challenge every Sunday, but also an honor within this game we all love. I would like to thank my coaches, teammates, and mentors who have made a significant impact in my life and helped to create amazing memories that my family and I will cherish for a lifetime. I’m excited as to what lies ahead as I pursue new ventures in different industries. Long live Revis Island.”

Revis, 33, was one of the league’s very best cornerbacks during his first stint with the Jets. After six seasons, four Pro Bowl nods, and three First-Team All-Pro selections, Revis was traded to the Buccaneers in 2013.

Revis was released after one season with Tampa Bay, which led him to the Patriots. Much to the chagrin of Jets fans, Revis had a stellar season and helped the Pats capture a Super Bowl win over the Seahawks.

The Jets attempted to rewrite history by signing Revis in the 2015 offseason, but the five-year, $70MM deal ($39MM guaranteed) given to him turned out to be one of the franchise’s biggest blunders in recent memory. The deal was supposed to allow Revis to retire as a Jet, but the team had no choice but to jettison him after two seasons.

Then, last year, the Chiefs signed Revis in November with the hope that he could help bolster their secondary. Unfortunately, Revis was nowhere near his 2014 form and some questioned his work ethic. After an offseason with no real chatter, Revis is calling it quits.

Revis’ second act with the Jets was a disappointment, but he will be remembered as one of the best cornerbacks of his time. The receivers who went to “Revis Island” from 2007-2014 were largely nullified, which is why Revis is a surefire bet for the Hall of Fame.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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11 comments on “Darrelle Revis Retires From NFL

  1. acarneglia

    Long live Revis Island! Happy Retirement DR and enjoy Retirement Island!

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  2. itslonelyatthetrop

    Happy trails. He did it all. Made a butt load of money. Got a ring. Left with his health (mostly) intact.

    See ya in Canton in 20XX

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  3. connfyoozed

    He struggled at the end, but in his prime he was the easily the best, and it wasn’t even close.

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  4. louwhitakerisahofer

    I really hope that his statement used the world “creamed” and it wasn’t just a typo. If so, best “I’m out” statement ever!

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  5. driftcat28

    Thanks for the help in the Super Bowl! – New Englanders

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    • For who? He made a ton of money. $23 million over the last two seasons. Who would suddenly retire and forsake that kind of money for no reason!?

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    • crosseyedlemon

      Well there are only a limited amount of things you can do on an island.

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  6. af1257

    Would hope the Jets would bring him back on a one day contract to have him retire as a Jet. He was a solid player that the opposition absolutely feared. Plus he was a fan favorite and team ambassador. In a period when many Jets were not meeting expectations he was the face of the franchise. Send him off with style, retire as a Jet, have an on field ceremony, and let the fans show their appreciation.

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