Written by Holden Slattery
Only the alert eyes of a New York Jets cornerback show through his face mask as he looks straight ahead at the wide receiver he’s covering on a hot August day. When the quarterback takes the snap, the wide receiver sprints along the sideline and cornerback Darrelle Revis shadows him. As the pigskin spirals toward them, Revis and the wide receiver both leap. Revis is in a better position, and he grabs the ball in his outstretched fingers before falling on his back, inches from the sideline.
That interception was one of many impressive plays Revis made during the Jets’ summer football camp and throughout the regular season, topped off by the playoffs.
Pitt fans may remember other dazzling plays when Revis was a Panther—notably a punt he returned for a touchdown against the rival West Virginia Mountaineers in 2006. The ESPN network selected it as the “College Football Play of the Year.” The Jets took Revis (Class of ’08) in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft, and he started all 16 regular season games during his rookie season. He has played in the past two Pro Bowls and was named 2010 Defensive Player of the Year by USA Today.
Off the field, Revis pursues his interests in business and fashion as part owner of a clothing line called Loco Superstar. But football is his clear priority. Each time he hits the turf, he’s out there, leaping for that ball.