Future NFL Hall of Fame defender Darelle Revis is planning an island getaway while hanging it up after 11 seasons.
By: Jonathan Goad
An island getaway sounds lovely, doesn’t it? When dreaming of getting away, images of sitting on the beach with a cooler full of beer and not a care in the world usually runs through our minds. However, there are a few islands that no man would choose as their vacation destination.
These particular islands are deserted. Constant hurricane winds and rain batter the shores of these desolate locations.
These islands are entirely abandoned. There is no animal life and a very sparse plant life definitely noting you would want to consume.
Revis Island is a prime example of such an island. Many people have been stranded on Revis Island and weren’t heard from for a week or more. At least when Tom Hanks was stranded in Castaway, he had Wilson. Revis Island did not have a “Wilson.”
No quarterback dared to give their stranded wide receiver a “Wilson” and trying to rescue them was out of the question. For close to a decade, quarterbacks in the NFL had to accept that their best wide receiver was stranded on Revis Island for an afternoon.
Darrelle Revis retired from professional football. Revis Island has been absorbed into the sea, and no one will ever be stranded there again. Wide receivers and quarterbacks can finally breathe a sigh of relief.
Now the debate begins on whether Revis is NFL Hall of Fame worthy. First, let’s look at his numbers.
Revis played eleven seasons in the NFL, eight with the New York Jets, and one season each with Tampa Bay, New England, and Kansas City. His first nine seasons were by far his best. Once he hit the age of 30, his game declined a bit. In total, Revis played 145 regular season games.
When quarterbacks tried to give their stranded receiver a “Wilson,” Revis Island intercepted it 29 times throughout his career; add in the three times in the playoffs and Revis had 32 career interceptions.
He also had 140 career passes defended. Revis forced four fumbles and recovered twelve in his career. He had 411 career tackles with his season-high coming in his rookie year with 74.
Darrelle Revis was voted into the Pro Bowl seven times. He was also a member of the First-Team All-Pro squad four times in his career. He won a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots in 2014.
As far as all-time ranking goes, Revis is tied at 225th in career interceptions. He ranked in the Top 10 for interceptions three times in his career. If his Hall of Fame resume is only based on statistics, he doesn’t get in.
However, Revis passes the eyeball test. He’s been one of the best cornerbacks in NFL history. Don’t take my word for it. Hear it from maybe the best defensive back of all-time Deion Sanders.
He has shut down some of the best receivers in the game. Here he is against Dez Bryant after Bryant torched Antonio Cromartie for a score.
Here’s one of Revis’ matchups against Calvin Johnson.
As you can see, he holds his own against one of the best pass catchers in NFL history.
These are only a couple examples of how good Revis really was. His instincts were second to none. He could adjust on a pass as good as most wide receivers. And his playmaking ability was outstanding.
As long as you don’t base it solely off of statistics, Darrelle Revis is a Hall of Famer. It’s easy to see why he is considered one of the best shutdown corners in NFL history.
If you’ve got some time to spare, check out some of the moments on Revis Island.