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Is Revis really best defender of any sport?

7/2/2010

Darrelle Revis saying "I'm the best defender in all of sports" generated an onslaught of comments on the AFC East blog and my Facebook page.

With that in mind, let's stop to consider the other top defenders out there.

There's no way to compare the New York Jets' all-world cornerback to somebody who plays on skates or wears a catcher's mitt, but to actually examine the other candidates might help put Revis' statement in perspective.

Baseball

Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners outfielder and Torii Hunter, Los Angeles Angels outfielder: Each has won nine Gold Gloves in a row. The only outfielders with more are Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr., Andruw Jones and Al Kaline. Ichiro also won seven straight Gold Gloves in Japan before he joined the Mariners.

Basketball

Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic center: He won his second straight NBA defensive player of the year award after becoming the first player to top the league in rebounds and blocks twice. And he's only 24. Howard's 64 double-doubles also led the league.

Hockey

Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman: He won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman for the past season. Keith recorded 69 points and had a plus-21 rating for the Stanley Cup champs. In a playoff game against the San Jose Sharks, he took a puck in the face and lost seven teeth. He missed about 6:30 of action.

Football

Charles Woodson, Green Bay Packers cornerback: Let's not forget Revis didn't even win NFL's defensive player of the year award. While Revis is considered a better lockdown cornerback, Woodson won the award because he was a bigger playmaker and received twice as many votes. Woodson returned three of his league-leading nine interceptions for touchdowns and added two sacks and four forced fumbles.