Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Will Revis be a greater Jet than Namath?
USA Today reporter Nate Davis, one of my favorite guys to sit next to in a press box because of his appreciation for obscure sitcom characters, showed his keen television eye with a blog entry about the perceived greatness of New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.
I missed this snippet, but on the NFL Network's "The Top 100 Players of 2011," head coach Rex Ryan predicted Revis would surpass legends Joe Namath, Don Maynard, Curtis Martin and the rest in Jets history.
"One day we're going to say that this is the best Jet in the history of the New York Jet franchise," Ryan said. "I believe that. And I think we're going to also see him in Canton one day."
Davis' article includes a poll, where readers can vote on who they think will be considered the quintessential Jets player 10 years from now.
Namath's symbolism alone will be tough to match. He was a trailblazer who played a substantial role in making the NFL our most popular sport. But purely on a football standpoint, Ryan might be proven correct.
Namath did take the Jets to their lone Super Bowl victory and made the famous guarantee. However, he took the Jets to the playoffs only twice, had a career losing record as a starter, led the AFL or NFL in touchdown passes once and interceptions four times.
Namath was listed 100th on the NFL Network's "The Top 100" players of all-time. It's conceivable Revis could be considered a top 100 player before he's done.