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Give a few thoughts on the New York Jets decision to release Darrelle Revis..
Dalbin Osorio: The greatest player in the history of the team was released today. His last play was an interception that he almost returned for a touchdown. That’s how I choose to remember him. I can give you tons of stats, but his legacy exists beyond the numbers. He was a defensive player of the year candidate for most of last year, he should’ve won in 2009 and in 2010, and he is the greatest cornerback to ever play the game. No one covered AND tackled like him. People will tell you Deion Sanders was better and point to swag or the interceptions as the rationale. Revis changed the game like Sanders did, but Revis did it in an era that favored the wide receiver and during a time where cornerbacks weren’t even allowed to breathe on wideouts. He was the best when you actually had to be the best. And he was the Mariano Rivera of this Core Four. If Brick was Pettitte, Mangold was Jeter, and Harris is the last one standing in Posada then Revis was the closer. Harris will remain, but Revis was the game changer and the best pick Eric Mangini ever made. Thank you 24.
Joe Malfa: Right around 2006, when I was eight-years-old, is when I started following the Jets very closely and understating everything that was going on.
That year, they drafted D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold. The following year, they drafted Darrelle Revis and David Harris. This was the birth of the “Core Four” of this era of Jets football. Brick retired, Mangold and Revis are gone, and Harris will probably be gone within the next couple of years as well. It’s weird to think about, but my first era of Jets football (as a cognizant fan) has come to an end.
Thank you, Darrelle Revis, for providing a lot of great memories in this “first era” that I was able to experience. A few memories that stick out are the interception to seal the victory against the Cowboys on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the ’09 playoff run where he shut down everyone he lined up against, and the 100-yard pick-six against the Dolphins in 2011. Yes, there were the holdouts and winning a ring with the enemy, but we as Jets fans should focus on the eight seasons he gave us. For roughly four of those eight seasons, he was arguably the greatest Jet — perhaps even the greatest cover corner — of all-time.
I am looking forward to the opportunity to get on my feet and thank Revis with one last standing ovation when the Jets add him to the Ring of Honor. Thank you 24.
Jake Benaquisto: Darrelle Revis has always demonstrated the concept of football being a business, and the Jets made a business decision in releasing him. Like Mangold, Revis is one of the greatest Jets of all time and was a vital aspect of their AFC Championship runs in 2009 and 2010. Revis’ ability to shut down the best receivers in the game during his prime was incredible, and there’s no question that he’ll be in the Hall of Fame someday. Having said this, it was simply time for the Jets to move on from the 31 year old corner. Revis’ play and effort has clearly declined since cashing in on his massive contract in 2015, and he’s no longer worth the money he signed for. Unfortunately, his recent arrest was also likely a factor in his release. Although he had his flaws, Revis will always be remembered as a Jets legend and one of the most dominant defenders in NFL history.
Michael McLaughlin: Even Revis could not make his second act better than his first. For younger fans, however, no Jets player in franchise history was more dominant than him in his initial stint. His greatness was seemingly reaffirmed every time an elite wide receiver tried to gain a inch of separation on him but failed. While his final year and arrest are disappointing, they do not obscure that he is a HOF player.
John Hargaden: When the Jets traded up in the draft to select Darrelle Revis, analysts said across the board that he was going to be a good player. For years Revis was so good he even has his own island, where he was man to man in coverage and you knew that the WR he was up against had no shot. His first few years in the league he became a household name very quickly and he brought his A game every Sunday. Revis will always be known as a resident of Revis Island and he will go down as one of, if not the best defensive player in Jets franchise history. It was a pleasure seeing you back for the past few seasons Revis and we will see you at the ring of honor shortly. Thank you 24.
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