Friday, July 20, 2012

Counting down the top Pitt football players of the last 40 years- No.30 Darrelle Revis

I will be counting down my own list of the top 50 Pitt football players since 1972.  I have spent time doing a lot of research and talking to a lot of people when formulating this list, but ultimately it is MY opinion.  The great thing about lists like this is that people will disagree, and feel free to, but just remember that there is no right answer so there's no need to go crazy if you do disagree.  I will post this same intro with all 50 bios because I know the one time I don't, people will complain about not knowing what criteria I used.  I will add at least one a day, maybe two.  

My criteria for selecting the order is as follows:

1.  Productivity.
2.  Talent.
3.  Place in program history.
4.  Only the player's careers while at Pitt are considered, not their NFL careers. 
5.  No current players.

30.  Darrelle Revis (2004-2006)- The next in line of Aliquippa legends, Revis was a hit right off the bat with 49 tackles, 14 passes defended, and 2 interceptions as a true freshman.  He was also the savior against West Virginia with a 4th quarter interception and a key 19-yard punt return.  He was named a Freshman All-American for his effort.

As a sophomore, he again played well with 41 tackles, 13 passes defended, and 4 interceptions. He was also great returning punts leading the Big East with an 11.6 avg., which included a 79-yard touchdown.

As a junior, after returning an interception for a touchdown in the first two games, the word got out on just how good Revis was and teams didn't come near him for the rest of the season.  On the season he totaled 39 tackles, 6 passes defensed, 2 interceptions, and an 8.6 avg. on punt returns.  His amazing 73-yard punt return touchdown against West Virginia has gone down as one of the best players in school history.

Revis surprised many by entering the NFL draft after his junior season but postseason workouts quickly solidified him as a No. 1 pick.  After the NY Jets took him with the 14th overall pick, Revis quickly established himself as one of the best players in the NFL.  In his five year career, he has already been named to four Pro Bowls.  While he is still young he is on pace to be a possible Hall of Famer.


  1. I hope he doesn't hold out again this year with his contract...
    If so, he will become like his Uncle.. Sean Gilbert... and his claim to HOF may go away.

  2. I would at least put him in the top 20 or top 15. I think he is way to high. Very first thought when I saw his name there

  3. Doke, I know this is your list and its a subjective view,but 30? wow! Did Shawntae Spencer make the list if Revis is at 30? Also, I hope you don't leave out my 2 all time favorite Pitt db's. Troy Hill,game clinching int in Sugar bowl, and Bill Callahan, went pro playing on some bad Pitt teams.

  4. This is only while they were at Pitt and while at Pitt nobody was talking about how great Revis was. An excellent player for sure but he played for three seasons, didn't have huge stats, and was never an All-American. You're being influenced by what he became in the NFL!!!

  5. I agree with Dokes...
    #30 is about right...
    During the 40 year period there were about 25 1st team all-americans from Pitt.. Revis wasn't one of them.
    Frankly, I was surprised he was a 1st round pick... but it was his 40speed that did it... I think 4.37. It's all about the speed baby.

  6. Imagine Joe D bringing up 40 times! 3 things certain in life, death, taxes and Joe D's 40 times!

    1. LMAO...
      absolutely loved that comment....

  7. Though not all-american, he was a play maker in big games. I guess you can say like Lynn Swann?

  8. His stats weren't amazing because NOBODY threw anywhere near him. Part of that was the quality of the rest of the D backs. The guy pretty much eliminated passing plays on his half of the field. If nobody throws your way, you're not going to get great stats. And you know what? The NFL proved that not throwing his way was the right call.