One thing most elite athletes have in common, is supreme confidence. Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis is no exception, as his confidence has never wavered throughout his ACL rehab. The talented corner recently said that, “the first time I step out there, I’ll be fine,” but is Revis getting ahead of himself?
Some might argue that he is, because how can you really predict how a surgically repaired knee will hold up in a game? While it is possible that Revis could lose a step, I’m not counting on it. The combination of modern medicine and Revis’ natural physical ability, will get him through this injury and recovery.
The ACL reconstruction procedure is as effective as its ever been, and players in all sports are showing the ligament tear is now merely a bump in the road. Revis will beat this, and he’ll return to his All-Pro level, within the first few weeks of the season. There’s going to be some rust on the new Buccaneer, but Revis Island will be back.
Bucs’ head coach Greg Schiano was right on the money when he remarked that a 85%-Revis, is better than most of the other corners in the league. When it comes to money, Tampa has that covered too. Worst case scenario if Revis’ knee doesn’t hold up, they don’t owe him a nickel in guaranteed money. Best case scenario, he doesn’t miss a beat, and they get the best CB in the NFL.
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