Sunday night, the NFL Network’s list of the Top 100 Players of 2011 concluded with the top ten being revealed.
NFL players participated in the rankings, and they voted New York Jets All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis as the top cornerback in football, 8th overall.
Surprisingly, Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson was ranked one spot higher on the list at 7. Johnson was held to 4 catches for 35 yards against Revis in 2009 and 4 catches for 32 yards in a 2010 meeting.
The only other defensive backs ahead of Revis on the list were Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ed Reed of the Baltimore Ravens, at 6th and 5th respectively.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan gushed over his star defender, saying that his presence on the field alone allows the Jets to be creative on defense, knowing they have a shutdown side of the field where Revis is.
“There’s not a better zone (corner). There’s not a better man (corner),” Ryan said. “You name the defense, he’s the best at it.”
Ryan also talked about how Revis is on a great path to success if he continues playing at the high level Jets fans have come accustomed to for a long time.
“One day, we’re going to say this is the best Jet in the history of New York Jets franchise” he said. “I also believe we’re going to see him in Canton on day.”
No one affects opposing offenses like Revis. He essentially eliminates a team’s number one playmaker and keeps him lost on Revis Island.
Ask Reggie Wayne and his 1 catch for 1 yards in the Jets’ 17-16 playoff victory in Indianapolis against the Colts this past winter.
“First thing they want to know – every receiver—who’s Revis going to be matchup on?” Ryan said. “If he’s matched up on you, you might as well not even show up. Quite honestly, he’ll knock you on your butt.”
Revis, who turns 26 on July 14, is only entering his fifth season in the NFL in 2011, and is just getting started when it comes to dominating wide receivers.
The three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro must be thrilled that his peers voted him into the top 10, but I imagine he could climb this list annually if he continues to play his game.
I’m glad he’s on our side.