Lets talk for a moment about who Rex Ryan calls "the best player to ever put on a Jet uniform": Darrelle Revis. He's widely regarded as the best corner in the NFL today. He's the definition of a true shutdown corner. There have not been many shutdown corners in NFL history, so to have one is a rare thing. Many people regard Deion Sanders as the best corner to ever play the game. He had plenty of picks, and was a threat to take it back all of the time. However, when Revis retires, who will be known as the better corner? While, it is hard to compare, due to the fact that Revis is young, still in his prime, and anything can happen (good or bad) over the course of the rest of his career. However, due to the way he is playing now, I'd like to think that once retired, Darrelle Revis will be not only a hall of famer, but regarded as the best corner ever, and as a player who changed the game. Lets examine more closely.
Prior to 2009, Deion Sanders had the best season ever by a corner. His numbers were insane, against a high level of competition. However, he did not play the number 1 receiver on an island throughout the entire game like Revis does. Also, Revis' stats in 2009 were more impressive than Deion Sanders' best year. Revis also faced better competition. Fast forward to 2011, Darrelle Revis seems to be having an even better year than he did in 2009, which is incredible. The year he is having right now will be historical.
Now, if Revis can keep this level of play up throughout his prime, there is no reason to think that he won't be regarded as the best corner ever. However, will he be known as a revolutionary player? I think so. No corner has ever been used in the way that Revis has. Most corners control a side of a field (see Asomugha), and take care of whoever comes their way. However, Revis follows the team's top receiver around throughout the course of a game. He'll play on the right side, he'll play in the slot, he'll play on the left side, cover a tight end...he will pretty much do whatever is asked of him, WITHOUT ANY HELP. That, my friends is revolutionary. Nobody has ever done it, and who knows if anybody will ever be able to do it with his dominance, or even at all.
In conclusion, Revis is on pace to becoming the most dominant corner ever, if not one of the most dominant nfl players ever. However, he must continue to fulfill a legacy before we can put him on the pedestal. My hopes are high, how about yours?