Forget the Hall of Fame careers of Deion Sanders, Champ Bailey and Rod Woodson.
And also pretend that Darrelle Revis managed to avoid injury and play a full 16 weeks.
Because, according to Brandon Marshall, Darrelle Revis deserves the honor as the best cornerback in the NFL history books.
During an interview at the Jets’ training camp, Brandon Marshall made a declarative statement on First Take about the eight-year veteran:
“I’ve been around great ones. I practiced against Champ Bailey …Charles (Peanut) Tillman. Played against some great guys. I didn’t play against Deion (Sanders), but Darrelle Revis is the best in the league. Ever.”
And Revis – a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh – decided to chime in, appearing gratuitous towards Marshall’s comment:
“It’s a great compliment from Brandon. I played against him throughout my whole career. We’ve had our battles. He’s won some battles when we played against each other in the past and I’ve won some. I think it’s just a mutual respect that we have for each other.”
Since an off-season transaction shipped Marshall to an even more-hated team in the NFL, the New York Jets, Marshall and Revis have exchanged a lucrative amount of praise towards one another, hinting at respect as the common ground factor.
Revis Island on his new chum: “If there could be another Megatron, it would be him. I’d put him and Calvin Johnson in the same category – big, tall receivers, 6-foot-5, 230-plus pounds and can run like a skilled player.”
Is this a bromance in the making?
Career Snapshot – Darrelle Revis
New York Jets (2007-12)
79 G, 241 T, 19 INT (3 DEF TD), 97 passes defended
Tampa Bay (2013-14)
11 G, 43 T, 2 INT, 11 passes defended
New England (2014)
16 G, 2 INT, 44 T, 2 INT, 16 passes defended
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