Posted by Sabrina B.Â @gametimegirl
Hall of Famers Joe Namath and Don Maynard are generally regarded as the greatest players inÂ New York Jets history. In 10 years or so, they will have to make room on the pedestal forÂ Darrelle Revis, according to Rex Ryan, who believes his All-Pro cornerback will go down as the best of the best.
“One day we’re gonna say that this is the best Jet in the history of the New York Jet franchise, I believe that,” the Jets’ coach told the NFL Network in an interview for its top-100 countdown, a comment that likely will create a backlash among old-school Jets fans. “And I think we’re gonna also see him in Canton one day.”
Ryan has a well-documented history of gushing about Revis, whom he inherited from the previous coaching staff. Some believe his praise of Revis hurt the team’s bargaining position during last summer’s acrimonious holdout, which ended with Revis signing a new contract for four years, $46 million.
Since then, Ryan has often joked about watching his use of superlatives for players in contract years, but he can’t help himself when it comes to Revis, a three-time Pro Bowl player who finished second toÂ Green Bay Packers cornerbackÂ Charles Woodson in the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year voting.
“There’s a lot of good corners in this league, but there’s only one Darrelle Revis,” Ryan said in the NFL Network interview. “There’s not a better zone (corner), there’s not a better man (man-to-man corner) — you name the defense, he’s the best at it.”
The network is counting down the top 100 players as voted by players. Revis isn’t ranked yet, but they’ve revealed only 41 to 100.
WRITTEN BYÂ Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com.
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