The Jets are on a quest before they are mathematically taken out of the playoffs. Their beloved cornerback Darrelle Revis revealed the reality behind aging and discussed Revis Island.
Aging in any aspect is something that we all have to deal with. Soccer players probably retire at the youngest of ages just because they’ve been playing their sport since they were pre-teen. Similar to soccer players, football players also deal with aging at a young age and are called veterans once they hit 30. Darrelle Revis opened up about aging with Newsday’s Kimberley A. Martin and revealed that he might’ve messed himself up with the coin “Revis Island.”
“My body’s breaking down,” the Jets cornerback told Newsday.
Aging is something that’s inevitable and he seems very in touch with reality. However, don’t think he’s retiring just yet.
“Yeah, I am. I mean, not in a bad way. I can still play,” Revis said, smiling. “It’s just, I’m breaking down. I’m 31. How many corners are 31 right now in the league? The league’s getting younger. I know [Vikings cornerback Terence] Newman’s still playing [at 38], which is impressive. But I don’t know how he’s doing it.”
This season has been utterly interesting for the Jets. As they back at it with quarterback issues, they’re looking to win this Sunday’s game against the Browns. If you might’ve noticed, Revis was also ridiculed for his coined, “Revis Island.” As the cornerback revealed, he brought that on himself.
His reputation as the game’s No. 1 corner and his “Revis Island” moniker came out of those intense, physical one-on-one matchups each week. Now he’s dealing with the consequences.
“I don’t do that no more,” Revis said. “But I did that for a number of years. When you play Cover Zero on some of the best receivers in the world, it takes a toll on your body. And your coaches have confidence to say we trust that you’re going to shut down this guy that had 200 yards receiving and the week before he had [more]. We trust you with that job. So it’s hard. It’s a lot.”
The Jets face the 0-7 Browns on Sunday. Although one cannot expect much from the Browns, the Jets must come out on top if they have any playoff hope left.