It is always interesting when stars come back to face their former teams. As expected, Brett Favre was booed out of the stadium in 2009 when he faced the Green Bay Packers. Donavan McNabb received a fair share of support as he trotted onto Lincoln Financial Field as a member of the Washington Redskins.
Another All-Pro performer approaches their time to face forner teammates. Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Devis was traded from the New York Jets several months ago. New York selected him 14th overall in the 2007’ NFL Draft. Revis, of course, went on to become arguably football’s best at his position.
Even though there were only 19 interceptions, these numbers do not tell the entire story. He locked down opposing receivers so well that quarterbacks avoided their side.
He played all but two games last year with a torn ACL in his left knee. If not for the injury, he probably would have accumulated more picks. Jets fans should appreciate what they had. Revis represented their first superstar since Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin (not counting one season of Favre).
His ability, combined with tenacious personality, gained tremendous respect. This allowed head coach Rex Ryan to use many exotic defensive looks.
New York had no interest in paying him a big-time contract. They were rebuilding, so saving money seemed more appealing. Although compensation was an issue for most of Revis’ time with Gang Green, there should be no hard feelings. Booing such a tremendous athlete would be a disgrace.