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Revis is not only a physical shutdown cornerback, but he also excels as a punt returner. The 2006 Jim Thorpe Award (nation's top defensive back) winner is a versatile defender, having made a successful move to right cornerback from the left side before his final senior season.
The talented athlete is the nephew of Sean Gilbert, the former Pitt (1989-91) and Aliquippa High standout who went on to a decade-plus career in the NFL.
As a senior, Revis became the first player in Pittsburgh history to return interceptions for touchdowns in consecutive games (vs. Virginia and Cincinnati). He also scored twice on punt returns during his career (vs. West Virginia in 2006 and Cincinnati in 2005). A mainstay in the Panthers' secondary, he started 34 of 35 games for Pitt.
One of Pennsylvania's most versatile talents, Revis lined up at quarterback, tailback, receiver, cornerback and kick returner during his senior season at Aliquippa High School. He was named the Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AA Player of the Year and first-team Pennsylvania Class AA All-State. He was chosen the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2003 Player of the Year, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2003 WPIAL Class AA Player of the Year and was a member of the Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22" and All-Midwestern Conference squads at both receiver and defensive back.
He was rated the nation's No. 44 cornerback prospect by Rivals.com and Pennsylvania's No. 20 prospect by Super Prep and No. 25 by Rivals.com. Revis was also selected to play in the prestigious Big 33 Football Classic after he compiled 1,637 total yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior, averaging 15.4 yards per touch. That year, he led Aliquippa to a 14-1 mark, the Pennsylvania Class AA championship and the WPIAL Class AA title.
In one of the greatest individual performances in a PIAA championship game, Revis scored five touchdowns, including three rushing, one on an 89-yard punt return and one on a 69-yard blocked field goal return. Revis' 64-yard rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter gave Aliquippa a come-from-behind 32-27 victory over Northern Lehigh to clinch the state title. His five touchdowns tied a PIAA record.
Revis was also an outstanding basketball player. He led the Quips to a 24-4 record and their second consecutive WPIAL Class AA championship, as he averaged 22.8 points per game as a senior and scored 1,722 his final three seasons.
In basketball, he was an Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AA All-State Basketball first-team honoree, a member of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous Five" and listed among the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Basketball All-Stars. He led the WPIAL in scoring as a junior, averaging 26.2 points per game. In track, he ran on the Quips' WPIAL Class AA champion 400-meter relay team that placed third at the state championships.
Revis enrolled at Pittsburgh in 2004, starting 11 games (came off the bench vs. Notre Dame) at left cornerback. He was named first-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News, adding second-team honors from Rivals.com, as he ranked sixth on the team with 49 tackles (36 solos). He caused a fumble, intercepted two passes and batted away 12 others. He ranked third in the Big East Conference with 1.17 passes defended per game.
The sophomore cornerback earned second-team All-Big East Conference accolades in 2005. He intercepted four passes and deflected nine others while registering 41 tackles (33 solos). He blocked one kick that fellow cornerback Josh Lay recovered for a 71-yard touchdown return vs. Connecticut and took over punt return duties full-time, gaining 324 yards with a touchdown on 28 attempts (11.6 avg).
Revis garnered first-team All-Big East Conference honors in 2006. He shifted to right cornerback, delivering 39 tackles (33 solos) with four stops behind the line of scrimmage. He deflected four passes and intercepted two others while gaining 190 yards on 22 punt returns (8.6 avg), returning one for a touchdown.
In 35 games at Pittsburgh, Revis started 34 times. He registered 129 tackles (102 solos) with 5.5 stops for losses totaling eight yards. He recovered two fumbles and caused another. Revis batted away 25 passes while intercepting eight others for 86 yards in returns with a pair of touchdowns. He blocked one field goal and returned 54 punts for 555 yards (10.3 avg) and two scores.
Positives: Has a muscular physique with a defined upper body, good trapezoid and pectoral development, tight waist and hips, good bubble, strong thighs, knotted calves and minimal body fat...Has exceptional body control and adequate open field quickness...Smart player who thinks well on his feet and can handle different assignments, making him more that capable to digest a complicated playbook...Instinctive athlete who makes quick reads and compensates for a lack of blazing speed with good timing and a feel to make plays on the ball in flight (eight interceptions, 25 pass deflections in 35 games)...Runs with a normal stride and has the flexibility, along with good size to be effective playing off coverage or in the press, showing tight coverage in both...Can play the trail, cover or give a cushion...Can flip and burst in the deep secondary, as it is rare to see him separate from the receiver for too long once he locks on...Can play off the ball, but due to his lack of explosive speed, he is more effective in press coverage...Alert and aware playing in the zone and shows good timing when breaking on the ball...Has solid ball reactions and leaping ability to get to the pass at its high point...Has enough range to cover up for his mistakes, looking faster in his stride when he keeps his pads down...Not one to give much cushion, as he prefers to run step-for-step with the receiver...Closes on the receiver in a hurry and knows how to use his long arms to reach around and deflect the pass out of the opponent's hands...Has exceptional body control on his leaps, getting good elevation...His hands appear soft and natural, as he can pluck the ball outside of his frame...Not afraid to come up and hit in run support (63 percent of his plays were made in run support in 2006)...Explosive hitter who will square up and put his helmet under the receiver's chin...Shows good hip rotation and change of direction agility to mirror on underneath routes...Stays in position on his press technique and is active with his hands to prevent the receiver from pushing off...Has excellent timing, getting a good break on three-step throws...Does a good job of fielding punts and waiting for his blocks to develop, showing the loose hips to redirect to the cutback lanes.
Negatives: Can turn and run well, but will get a little sloppy and erect in his backpedal... Lacks the blazing speed to stay tight on the receiver in deep routes, but has a good burst to close and recover (likes to play tight, as he realizes he doesn't have the second gear needed when giving up a big cushion)...Has soft hands, but will sometimes try to run with the ball on punt returns before securing it, resulting in costly fumbles...Physical tackler in the open, but on occasion he will take a side...Will come up hard in run support, but needs to be more active with his hands, as he doesn't protect his body well in a crowd, resulting in his sometimes getting washed out on the play...Good press coverage defender and alert in the zone, but will hesitate at times when having to switch off on assignments...Needs to stay lower in his pads when backpedaling (gets too erect), but does show control coming out of his breaks...Would be even more effective as a run support player if he would wrap rather than body tackle (needs to face up with better consistency, as ball carriers can slip off some of his hits)...Is generally a decent punt returner, but the coaching staff complained that he was doing too much tap dancing and running horizontally in 2006.
Compares To: ALAN ZEMAITIS-Tampa Bay...Revis might not have the blazing speed to handle the quicker NFL receivers on deep routes, but has the hard-hitting ability to play in the nickel package. He could be more effective as a safety due to his range and natural hands. He also reminds a bit of Charles Woodson (Green Bay) for his ability to make plays in run support. His ability to play either cornerback position will see him gain a lot of playing time in the base defense as a rookie.
Became the first player in school history to return interceptions for touchdowns in consecutive games (2006 vs. Virginia and Cincinnati)...More than 60 percent of his tackles have occurred in run support.
All-American third-team selection by The NFL Draft Report...All-Big East Conference first-team choice...Semi-finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award (nation's top defensive back)... Shifted to right cornerback, starting all twelve games...Ranked seventh on the team with 39 tackles (33 solos) and made four stops for losses totaling 6 yards...Deflected four passes and intercepted two others for 76 yards in returns and a pair of touchdowns...Had 22 punt returns for 190 yards (8.6 avg) and a touchdown.
All-Big East Conference second-team selection...Started all eleven games at left corner-back, recording 41 tackles (33 solos) with a stop for a 2-yard loss...Recovered a pair of fumbles and blocked a field goal attempt...Gained 12 yards on four interception returns and led the Big East (ranked 20th nationally) with 324 yards and a touchdown on 28 punt returns (11.6 avg)...Also deflected nine passes.
First-team Freshman All-American selection by The Sporting News, adding second-team honors from Rivals.com...Played in all twelve games, starting eleven at left cornerback (came off the bench vs. Notre Dame)...Recorded 49 tackles (36 solos) with an assisted stop behind the line of scrimmage...Tied for the team lead with twelve pass deflections and also intercepted a pair of passes...Caused one fumble and took over punt return duties late in the year, gaining 41 yards on four attempts (10.2 avg)...Became the first true freshman to start an opening game for Pitt's defense since cornerback Shawntae Spencer started the 2000 opener vs. Kent State.
Campus: 4.54 in the 40-yard dash...325-pound bench press...480-pound squat...37-inch vertical jump...4.05 20-yard shuttle...32 3/8-inch arm length...9 3/8-inch hands.
Attended Aliquippa (Pa.) High School, playing football for head coach Mike Zmijanac...One of Pennsylvania's most versatile talents, Revis lined up at quarterback, tailback, receiver, cornerback and kick returner during his senior season...Named the Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AA Player of the Year and first-team Pennsylvania Class AA All-State...Chosen the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2003 Player of the Year, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2003 WPIAL Class AA Player of the Year and was a member of the Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22" and All-Midwestern Conference squads at both receiver and defensive back...Rated the nation's No. 44 cornerback prospect by Rivals.com and Pennsylvania's No. 20 prospect by Super Prep and No. 25 by Rivals.com...Selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic after he compiled 1,637 total yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior, averaging 15.4 yards per touch...That season, he led Aliquippa High to a 14-1 mark, the Pennsylvania Class AA championship and the WPIAL Class AA title...In one of the greatest individual performances in a PIAA championship game, Revis scored five touchdowns, including three rushing, one on an 89-yard punt return and one on a 69-yard blocked field goal return. Revis' 64-yard rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter gave Aliquippa a come-from-behind 32-27 victory over Northern Lehigh to clinch the state title. His five touchdowns tied a PIAA record...Was also an outstanding basketball player...Led the Quips to a 24-4 record and their second consecutive WPIAL Class AA championship, as he averaged 22.8 points a game as a senior and scored 1,722 his final three seasons... Less than two days after his exceptional performance in the PIAA football championship game, Revis played his first basketball game of the year and scored 35 points as the Quips defeated rival Beaver Falls, 86-82, in overtime...For the basketball team, he was an Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AA All-State Basketball first-team honoree, a member of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous Five" and listed among the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Basketball All-Stars...Led the WPIAL in scoring as a junior, averaging 26.2 points per game...In track, he ran on the Quips' WPIAL Class AA champion 400-meter relay team that placed third at the state championships...Member of the Spanish Club and the Yearbook Club.
Social Sciences major...Nephew of Sean Gilbert, the former Pitt (1989-91) and Aliquippa High standout who went on to a decade-plus career in the NFL, including stints with the Los Angeles and St. Louis Rams, Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders...Son of Diana Gilbert and Darryl Revis...Born Darrelle Shavar Revis on 7/14/85...Resides in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.
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09/28/15 - CB Darrelle Revis (groin, hamstring) missed the Jets' final defensive series of Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Eagles. Revis was listed as questionable in the days leading up to the game due to a groin injury, but head coach Todd Bowles said Sunday that Revis exited due to a hamstring ailment. On Monday, Bowles said he expects Revis to be sore this week as the Jets prepare to face the Miami Dolphins in London on Sunday.
09/27/15 - CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring) didn't play the final defensive series of the Jets' 24-17 loss to the Eagles. Revis battled a sore groin during practice last week and was listed as questionable on the injury report. He said after the game that he was fine.
09/23/15 - CB Darrelle Revis (groin) did not practice Wednesday. The injury report was released after head coach Todd Bowles spoke to the media and the team said there would be no further comment until Thursday, Revis was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday, less than 48 hours after he recovered two fumbles, intercepted a pass and notched four tackles in the Jets' 20-7 win over the Colts. All three of Revis' turnovers came on consecutive drives in the second half as the Colts tried coming back from a 10-0 deficit. The honor marks the third time Revis has won the AFC Defensive Player of the Week as a member of the Jets. He earned the award following week 12 of the 2009 season and following week six of the 2011 season.
09/21/15 - CB Darrelle Revis accounted for three takeaways, an interception of Andrew Luck, a recovery of a Luck fumble and a recovery of a Frank Gore fumble. He added four tackles and one pass defensed.
07/23/15 - CB Darrelle Revis acknowledged that he considered giving up football after he suffered a serious knee injury during the 2012 season.
"I did think about retiring," Revis told Sports Illustrated. "I had never been seriously injured before, and I didn't know how to handle it."
Revis suffered a torn ACL while playing for the Jets in September 2012 and underwent complex microfracture surgery. He then went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a 2013 trade but said he was never fully healthy until last year when he joined the New England Patriots and helped them win the Super Bowl.
Revis credited his uncle, former NFL defensive lineman Sean Gilbert, for sticking with football.
"Most every player is thinking about retirement while he's playing because (football is) a bona fide grind," Gilbert told SI. "I told him, 'You can think that. But you've got to get over it.'"
Revis returned to New York during the offseason as a free agent and is ready to play again for the Jets with no immediate thoughts of retirement. He is pictured on the cover of this week's SI in a recreation of Joe Namath's 1965 cover for the magazine.