Darrelle Revis skipped his senior year at the University of Pittsburgh to enter the 2007 NFL Draft. His resume from his first three years in college were the foreshadowing of a great future career as a cornerback in the NFL. He earned First-Team All-American honors in his 2004 freshman year. He was Rivals.com Second-Team Freshman All-American in 2004 also. He was First-Team All-Big East in 2005 and 2006. He was Rivals.com Third-Team All-American in 2006. He placed as a semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award in 2006. and he was voted the ESPN College Football Play of the Year in 2006 as well.
Natural ability, combined with hard work, lays a path to the future.
At the end of his three years at Pittsburgh, Darrelle Revis was thought to be one of the top corner backs in the 2007 NFL Draft, along with Leon Hall from the University of Michigan and Aaron Ross, who had played at the University of Texas.
A strained hamstring kept Revis from the NFL Scouting Combines, but New York Jets scout Terry Bradley was impressed by Darrelle's man-on-man and zone coverage. The New York Jets traded their first, second and fifth round draft picks, selecting Revis 14th overall.
Contract negotiated, $36 million for five years; tough negotiations earn you a fortune.
In his rookie season, Revis was named the starting cornerback, the first New York Jet rookie cornerback to start since Ray Mickens in 1996. Revis had 87 total tackles, one sack, once forced fumble and 3 interceptions, and he looked good, real good.
Revis was elected to the 2009 Pro Bowl. His 2009 season brought accolades from Deion Sanders, who said, "Revis is going to be the best cornerback in the game for years." Rex Ryan often said Revis was the "best" cornerback in the NFL.
2010, 2011, 2012 seasons with the New York Jets produced great stats for Revis but also produced some downtime due to injuries. Throw in a 2013 trade to Tampa Bay and a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots in 2014. In 2015 Revis made his return trip to the New York Jets. Despite a concussion in 2015, Revis was named to his 7th Pro Bowl and was ranked 24th on the top 100 NFL Players of 2016.
No where, not even once, were there headlines that Revis was charged with disorderly conduct, aggravated assault, terroristic threats like we saw in the news several weeks ago. Let's be reminded that looming is a March 11th deadline, where the New York Jets need to decide whether or not to pay Revis a $2 million roster bonus and a $15 million base salary for 2017. Coming off what one could describe as the worst season of his career, exacerbated by a looming court case, it's a pretty safe bet Darrelle Revis will no longer be a New York Jet.
Fame and a little 2 a.m. brawl, no matter who started it, costs you a fortune.