Darrelle Revis

Revis in February 2010.
No. 24     Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-07-14) July 14, 1985 (age 35)
Place of birth: Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
High School: Aliquippa (PA)
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
*New York Jets ( 2007 2012)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* 4× Pro Bowl (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2013
Tackles     299
Quarterback sacks     1.0
Interceptions     19
INT return yards     364
Touchdowns     3
Passes defensed     101
Stats at NFL.com

Darrelle Shavar Revis (born July 14, 1985) is an American football cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Pittsburgh, and was drafted in the first round (14th overall) by the New York Jets in the 2007 NFL Draft. His spot on the field is nicknamed "Revis Island", a phrase Revis has trademarked,[1] for his ability to shut down the opposing number one receivers.[2][3] He is cited as one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.[4][5][6]

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.[7]

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. He also had the most interceptions out of any cornerback for high school.

College career

Revis attended the University of Pittsburgh, and played for the Pittsburgh Panthers football team. He 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 the Boston College Eagles. 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 Cincinnati Bearcats, and blocked a field goal against Connecticut Huskies which was returned for the score. Revis also had an interception and totaled 119 punt return yards against Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

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 Virginia Cavaliers 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.[8]

Awards and honors

Professional career

2007 NFL Draft

On January 10, 2007, Revis announced he would forego his senior year at Pittsburgh to enter the 2007 NFL Draft;[9] he was considered one of the top 3 cornerbacks available—along with Leon Hall of Michigan and Aaron Ross of Texas[10] and was one of the 30 to be drafted.[11] He received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine however, he chose not to attend after suffering a strained hamstring.[12] He did perform for scouts at Pittsburgh's Pro Day, impressing them with his 40-yard dash, a main concern scouts had prior to him completing the test.[12] Teryl Austin, the Arizona Cardinals' defensive backs coach at the time stated, "nobody went away disappointed."[12] Revis was touted by ESPN's Len Pasquarelli as having "terrific coverage techniques".[13]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5 ft 11⅜ in 204 lb 4.38 s 1.46 s 2.49 s 4.08 s 6.56 s 38 in 10 ft 5 in N/A rep

New York Jets

New York Jets scout Terry Bradway was impressed by Revis' workout but was concerned by the level of competition Pittsburgh played, as Louisville's Mario Urrutia was the toughest receiver Revis faced during the season.[15] Despite this concern, the organization was so impressed by his man and zone coverage techniques and his ability to play the run that they decided to trade up for him in the draft.[15] Originally, New York discussed trading draft selections with the Houston Texans who had the 10th overall pick however, when the deal fell through,[15] they traded their first, second and fifth round picks to the Carolina Panthers, moving from 25th overall to 14th overall, to select Revis.[16][17]

Revis missed the first 21 days of training camp while his agents negotiated a contract.[18] At one point, Revis' mother was flown in from Pittsburgh to help expedite the negotiation process.[19] On August 15, 2007, the Jets came to an agreement with Revis. The 47 page contract was worth approximately $36 million over five years according to ESPN writer John Clayton.[19]

Rookie season

Head coach Eric Mangini expected Revis to contribute immediately citing his abilities on defense and special teams. He likened Revis' talents to that of Ty Law, who was once described as a "shutdown" cornerback.[20] After signing his contract, Revis had his first day of practice four days later with veteran Kerry Rhodes providing guidance throughout the session.[21] Revis made his preseason debut against the New York Giants on August 25, 2007 after less than a week of practice. In his debut, he recorded five tackles and one pass defended against receiver Sinorice Moss and had one punt return for 13 yards.[22] Revis was named the starting cornerback for the Jets at the end of the preseason, becoming the first Jets rookie cornerback to start since Ray Mickens in 1996.[23]

In his first game against the New England Patriots, Revis recorded 7 tackles and held Wes Welker to 6 catches for 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. Revis was only beaten for touchdowns three times during his rookie season by Braylon Edwards,[24] Lee Evans[25] and Terrell Owens.[26]

2008 season

Revis in 2008.

The Jets opened the season with a match-up against the Miami Dolphins. Revis, the established starter, intercepted former Jet Chad Pennington's pass in the end zone with five seconds remaining in the game to preserve the Jets' 20–14 victory.[27] A week later, Revis held Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss to two catches for 22 yards.[28] Mangini praised Revis' attention to detail and perfecting the flaws of his game.[28] Revis was beaten by Chris Chambers for a 27-yard touchdown during the Jets' week three contest against the San Diego Chargers—he recorded two tackles in the loss to San Diego.[29] The following week the Jets faced the Arizona Cardinals with wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. He intercepted two Kurt Warner passes, one of which he returned 32 yards for a touchdown, the first of his NFL career.[30]

Despite his performance alongside All-Pro safety Kerry Rhodes, the Jets' pass defense was ranked 28th[31] which prompted coach Eric Mangini to sign free agent All-Pro cornerback and former New York Jet Ty Law in November.[32] Though the addition of Law was made to bolster the Jets' pass defense, the pass defense continued to struggle and would rank 29th overall by seasons end in spite of Revis' positive performance.[33] It should be noted that Revis' side of the field was known not to be tested as teams instead chose to attack rookie cornerback Dwight Lowery.[34]

For his efforts, Revis was elected to the 2009 Pro Bowl. During the Pro Bowl, Revis intercepted a pass intended for Anquan Boldin with one hand.[35][36]

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.[37]

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 to 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.

Week 5 against the Miami Dolphins was the lone blemish on Revis's season, as he was beaten by wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. for a 53-yard touchdown reception on Monday Night Football, during the Jets 31–27 week 5 loss to the Dolphins.[38]

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."[39]

Revis ended the year winning a Pro Bowl spot, and earned major respect inside and outside the league. In Week 17 (the NFL's last regular season week), he ended up locking Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco down, preventing Ochocinco from a single reception, in part because a win would not advance Cincinnati to a higher playoff seed, 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 in the first round. During the Jets' 24–14 victory over the Bengals, Revis again shut down Ochocinco, limiting him to two catches for 28 yards and collecting an interception.

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. A number that I think would be interesting would be eight, and no, that’s not the amount of touchdown passes that Green Bay (Woodson's team) gave up against Arizona. That is the number of touchdown passes we gave up all season, and the biggest reason for that is Darrelle Revis.[40]

In the second week of the playoffs, Revis and the Jets defeated the AFC's #2 seed San Diego Chargers, 17–14. Since the Chargers had a large variety of well acclaimed receivers, Revis was forced to cover most of them, yet San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers 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 a ball that was deflected off the shoe of Chargers' wide receiver Vincent Jackson. Revis's 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. 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.[41]

2010 season

Revis missed the majority of training camp and all four of the team's preseason contests while holding out for a new contract. He was to receive approximately $1 million in the fourth year of a six-year contract.[42] On September 5, an agreement was reached on a four-year $32 million guaranteed contract, and Revis subsequently reported to camp the next day, a week before the team's season opener.[43][44]

During the team's Week 2 matchup against the New England Patriots, Revis left the game with what was later revealed to be a strained hamstring.[45] Revis would miss two weeks of the season.[46][47] Revis reaggravated the hamstring following the team's matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.[48] On October 17, 2010, Revis was activated two hours prior to kickoff against the Denver Broncos and started the game.[49] The Jets headed into a bye week following their victory over Denver thus allowing Revis to rehab his hamstring.[50] Revis has since declared himself to be 100 percent.[50]

During the 2011 AFC Wild Card game, Revis held Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne to one catch for a yard in a victory over the Colts. The Jets went on to defeat the New England Patriots in the divisional round but would lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game for a second consecutive year. Revis finished the year with 32 tackles but did not record an interception in 13 games.[51]

2011 season

The Jets' opened their 2011 season against the Dallas Cowboys on September 11, 2011. The game was played at Metlife Stadium on Sunday night football on the ten-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks. The Jets were tied with the Cowboys 24-24 in the final minutes when Revis intercepted a Tony Romo pass intended for Dez Bryant to put the Jets in field goal range. Nick Folk converted the game winning field goal to give the Jets the win 27-24.[52] In Week 6, the Jets were playing the Dolphins with a 2-3 recorded in what some considered a must win game. Revis intercepted a pass intended for Brandon Marshall and ran it back 100 yards for a touchdown on October 17, 2011, tying the longest interception return in Jets history, first set by Aaron Glenn in 1996. Later in the same game against the Miami Dolphins, he intercepted another Matt Moore pass in the fourth quarter to preserve the Jets' victory with a score of 24-6.[53] On Sunday, October 23, 2011 the Jets were playing the San Diego Chargers. In the fourth quarter, with the Jets down 21-17 and the Chargers had the ball in Jets territory when Darrelle Revis intercepts a pass intended for Vincent Jackson which is deflected right into the hands of Revis. Later on in the drive Mark Sanchez would complete a touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress his 3rd of the game. The Jets would win 27-21.[54] After 13 games, the Jets were 8-5 going on a 3 game winning streak and looking to make the playoffs for 3 straight years. But the Jets would lose their next 3 games and miss the playoffs by 1 game with a record of 8-8. After the season it came out that the Jets locker room was having problems.[55] Revis ended the year with 52 tackles and 4 interceptions and was elected to his fourth Pro Bowl and third All-Pro team.

2012 season

Revis entered the 2012 season hinting that he may not attend training camp, with the hope of reworking his contract. Despite the uncertainty regarding his contract status, Revis attended training camp.[56] The Jets' season opener was played against the Buffalo Bills on September 9, 2012. Revis intercepted a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass which set up a Mark Sanchez touchdown on the ensuing drive. The Jets would go on to defeat the Bills 48–28.[57] Revis recorded five tackles in addition to the interception but was taken out of the game in the fourth quarter after teammate Bart Scott accidentally hit Revis in the head with his knee while Revis was still on the ground. Revis was diagnosed with a mild concussion and subsequently ruled out for the week two of the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers.[58] He returned the following week against the Miami Dolphins where he recovered a fumble but later left the game with an undisclosed knee injury.[59] An MRI taken the following day revealed Revis suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and would be out for the remainder of the season.[60] He was placed on injured reserve on October 12, 2012.[61]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2013 season

Revis was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on April 21, 2013.[62] Revis signed a six-year contract worth $96 million, making him the highest paid defensive back in NFL history.[62] The Jets received the Buccaneers' 2013 first round pick (13th overall) and a 2014 fourth round conditional pick, which can become a third round pick.[62]


Revis was born to former high school track star Diana Gilbert and Darryl Revis.[63] He has two siblings, DéAudra, and Terry.[63] Revis is the nephew of former NFL defensive lineman Sean Gilbert.[64] Revis has a daughter, Deyani, and a son, Jayden.[65] On December 2012, Darrelle released his own shoe version of the Nike Zoom Revis and it has various colors to purchase from.


New York Jets

Year Team G GS Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Comb Total Ast Sack Safety Passes defended Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR Yds TD
2007 NYJ 16 16 87 74 13 0.0 0 17 3 20 6.7 19 0 1 1 0 0
2008 NYJ 16 16 58 45 13 1.0 0 16 5 38 7.6 32 1 1 2 0 0
2009 NYJ 16 16 54 47 7 0.0 0 31 6 121 20.2 67 1 0 0 0 0
2010 NYJ 13 13 32 26 6 0.0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 0
2011 NYJ 16 16 52 41 11 0.0 0 21 4 184 46.0 100 1 0 0 0 0
2012 NYJ 2 2 11 8 3 0.0 0 3 1 1 1.0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Total 79 79 283 233 50 1.0 0 97 19 363 -- 100 3 2 5 10 0
New York Jets franchise records
  • Longest Interception Return for Touchdown (100 yards) vs Miami Dolphins 10/17/11. (Tied with Aaron Glenn)[66]
  • Most career passes defended (98)[66]


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