Class of 2023
|2007||New York Jets||16||3||20||0||19||17||0||1||0||0||0||88||76||12||0|
|2008||New York Jets||16||5||38||1||32||16||1||2||0||0||1||58||45||13||2|
|2009||New York Jets||16||6||121||1||67||31||0||0||0||0||0||54||47||7||0|
|2010||New York Jets||13||0||0||0||0||10||0||2||10||0||0||32||26||6||0|
|2011||New York Jets||16||4||184||1||100||21||0||0||0||0||0||52||41||11||1|
|2012||New York Jets||2||2||1||1||1||3||0||1||0||0||0||12||9||3||0|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||2||3||0||3||11||2||1||0||0||1||50||43||7||3|
|2014||New England Patriots||16||2||0||0||0||14||1||1||0||0||0||47||41||6||2|
|2015||New York Jets||14||5||48||0||24||9||0||4||18||0||0||39||30||9||0|
|2016||New York Jets||15||1||51||0||51||5||0||0||0||0||0||53||43||10||1|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||5||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||11||10||1||0|
Additional career statistics: Punt returns: 2-5; kick returns: 1-3; receiving: 1-(-1).
Full name: Darrelle Shavar Revis
Birthdate: July 14, 1985
Birthplace: Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
High school: Aliquippa (Pennsylvania)
Pro career: 11 seasons, 145 games.
Drafted: First round (14th overall) in 2007 by New York Jets
Uniform number: 24
Life is shaped by the choices we make, even if one thing we cannot chose shapes us most: where we come from. No one has control over when they're born, what family they're born into or where they start, but these things have a profound impact on every decision we make and who we become.
The conditions that had to be just right for me to end up here. Every moment, every opportunity perfectly aligned. I'm from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.
For those of you who never heard of Aliquippa, all you need to know are these three names: Mike Ditka, Tony Dorsett and Ty Law.
My hometown produces legends.
Now that you know where I come from, I need to tell you a little bit about who I come from.
My uncle Mark played Division I basketball at Duquesne. I was a ball boy for his team, and I thought to myself that, I will make it to the NBA before he do.
I must have been about seven or eight years old at the time, and he used to bring me on campus with him. One day we were driving through a neighborhood, a nice neighborhood, and stopped at the end of a long driveway, I could see a huge house at the end.
My uncle asked me, would you like to live in a house like that someday? I said, yes.
Looking back on that moment, that was the first time I learned about manifestation and visualization. As kids we’ve all imagined ourselves making the clutch play that will will our team to victory – this was different.
I was becoming aware of the connection between seeing myself in that house and the intention behind my actions. I learned early on that if I wanted to be in a house like that, I had to set some goals. Ultimately goal setting became the core of my preparation and work ethic.
If I got my hoop game from my uncle, then you know I got the love of my football game from my uncle Sean. He played for Pitt and was drafted in the first round. A blueprint I would later follow before all of that, I was his finish line.
My uncle would run sprints up the hill, hills we lived near, and I would be waiting at the top. He was an example of doing the things necessary to give yourself a chance to be great.
I internalized that lesson, and it fueled my insanity. It wasn't enough to win, I needed to dominate. By the time I reached high school my development as a player progressed to a point where it was time to learn about sports as a business.
My uncle Sean would give me challenges. He would give me $100 for every pick I made and every touchdown I scored. I may not have realized it at the time, but he was preparing me for what was to come. It wasn't about the money; it was about understanding my value and worth as a player. So, when it was time for me to go to the league, I was prepared.
In 2007 I was drafted 14th overall. That moment was the culmination of all lessons I learned, and all the work put into the pursuit of perfection. It was an opportunity for me to continue my legacy for my hometown and to forge my own.
Now that you know how I started, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude of some of the people who have supported me on my journey, and I would like to start with Rex Ryan.
Ahead of the 2009 season Rex Ryan called me the best corner in football and I haven't even met him yet. Needless to say, the expectations were high. After our first meeting I was convinced, I would play my heart out for him. He was crafting a winning culture and told me that he was confident that I was the guy to set the tone for the rest of the team.
Rex, thank you for seeing something special in me and motivating me to live up to that potential.
When Rex joined the team, he brought over a secondary coach who I became close with. Dennis Thurman was a perfect fit for my development as a player. I don't know if you recall, but 2009 ended up being a historical season for me, and DT was a pivotal role in my success.
To help me stay focused he would often tell me, “get used to fighting boredom, but when the ball is thrown your way, be ready.” They will come at you when you least expect it.
His words stuck with me to a point if I let up a single catch, I felt like it was a letdown to my teammates. Thank you, DT, for all your valuable advice and helping me achieve greatness.
Also, I would like to thank all my teammates and coaches for making me a better player. I came to work every day with the desire to elevate my game, and you helped me achieve that. It's been an honor to suit up with you every day. I love you guys.
I didn't get the chance to play with this guy named Deion Sanders, but he was a prototype for me. What Jordan is to Kobe, is Prime to Revis Island. You came first, and I wanted to play just like you. You were the roadmap to greatness. Thank you for paving the way.
Now, I don't know where my Pop is at. I see him there.
Thank you, Pops, for teaching me to be disciplined and telling me if I put in the hard work, it'll all pay off. I'm proud of you and I appreciate you for staying true to who you are. Thank you.
To my first coach, my mother, Diana, I remember if I wasn't doing well in the classroom, you would take away the very thing I loved, which was playing ball.
At the time, I didn't appreciate you taking ball away, but the lesson was to make sure I had the same type of focus in the classroom as I did with sports.
Thank you for always knowing what path I needed to take to make it here to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
To my daughter Devani and my son Jayden, never back down from a challenge. Dare yourself to become great at whatever you choose to do. It's your time. Stay in the moment. I love you.
Thank you to the Pro Football Hall of Fame committee and my dear friend, Gary Myers, for voting me into football heaven. It's been an honor to be here and stand amongst the greats.
I also would like to thank the Jets organization for trading up in 2007 and giving me the opportunity to play in New York City for the best fans in the world.
Man, feels like Met-Life Stadium in here.
The pressure was intense, but so was the love. And to the Jets fans, for all the boos, cheers when I was drafted 14th overall to burning my jersey when I signed with the Patriots to now being here in Canton – there they go. See.
I guess it's safe to say we been through a lot together. You expected great things out of me, and every single game I accepted the challenge. Thank you for believing in me and supporting me every step of the way.
You will always have a place to stay on Revis Island.
I'll leave you with one last story. I used to train in Phoenix, Arizona and on Sundays we would climb Camelback Mountain. Most of you don't know, but Camelback Mountain is very dangerous. People die all the time and pass away. You know, I think that was when my insanity kicked in for me to go beyond my limits and do something different for myself as a player at the time.
When you're at the bottom of Camelback Mountain, it's just you and two voices. The doubt is telling you, damn, this shit is high. I don't know about this. The believer is saying, I will not be stopped from reaching my goal at the top. The competition will always be you versus you. If you stay focused and fall in love with the process, you'll always come out on top.
Peace and love everyone, thank you. God bless.