Darrelle Revis was recently asked if he had anything to prove to Richard Sherman, who has proclaimed himself the NFL‘s best cornerback. Revis laughed it off, and added this:
“He needs to quit attaching his career to my career. A lot of people need to have respect for this game. I’m not just talking about him. Respect what people have done to pave the way… Yeah, we’re the next group, but you don’t need to be getting into it with me… You can’t crown yourself as anything in this league. You’ve got to earn it.”
I couldn’t agree more with Revis on this one. There’s no denying that Sherman is an absolute beast at corner, but he’s yet to earn the title of game’s best. That’s a title that resides on Revis Island. Sure, Revis has been on the shelf for 11 months following ACL surgery, but it doesn’t mean that Sherman automatically jumps him as the game’s best CB. That’s not how it works.
Revis has been too good for too long to all of a sudden not be the best. Sure, he has to prove that he’s still the man in 2013, but he deserves that chance. Sherman has only been in the league for two years and that’s too small of a sample size to be consider the best. Once the 2013 season is in the books and we’ve had an opportunity to analyze both players, then it would be okay to anoint Sherman as the NFL’s new top corner.
All of this chatter is of course just about pride, but hey, that’s a huge part of athletic competition.