Darrelle Revis , a former All-Pro cornerback nicknamed “The Island” for his ability to lockdown wide receivers and take them out of games, announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday, Newsday reported.
“For the past 11 years it has truly been an honor to showcase one of my greatest gifts to the world,” Revis said in a statement. “Today I am closing a chapter in my life that I once dreamed of as a kid and I am officially retiring from the National Football League…My passion to play the game at an elite level brought fun and excitement to the term shutdown corner…covering some of the toughest assignments in league history was a challenge every Sunday, but also an honor within this game we all love…”
A seven-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time first-team All-Pro, Revis, who was released by the Kansas City Chiefs in February, had been just a shell of the dominant player he once was in recent years. He remains the only defensive back in league history to earn $100 million since his rookie season in 2007.
Rex Ryan, who coached Revis with the Jets, said he was probably the best cornerback ever.
“There wasn’t anybody even close,” Ryan said. “Maybe Deion [Sanders] in his prime, but that would be the only guy. Darrelle could handle anybody. I don’t care if it’s Hall of Fame guys, he locked them down and covered them and it wasn’t even close.”
In his 11-year career, Revis played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots, with whom he won a Super Bow in 2014.