LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - FEBRUARY 28: In this handout photo provided by Disney, New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (right) drives to the basket as Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco (left) defends against him during an impromptu game of
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New York Jets great Darrelle Revis believes former Cincinnati Bengals wideout Chad Johnson was the best route-runner in NFL history.

Apparently, when Darrelle Revis isn’t mixing it up with Richard Sherman, he can be quite complimentary.

On Thursday, the New York Jets great and one of the best cover corners in the history of the game threw some serious love Chad Johnson’s way by calling him the best to ever run routes.

“Best route runner in the history of the game,” Revis called his contemporary.


It’s an interesting call-out considering the history of the two.

In 2009, not only did the Jets beat the Bengals in the final game at Giants Stadium, but they also beat them on the road during the wild-card round in the playoffs the following week. Chad Ochocinco (as he was known then) couldn’t get anything going.

The 37-0 thrashing of the Bengals that clinched a playoff berth featured a Bengals team resting a lot of their starters. The following week, Ochocinco was held to just 28 yards on 2 receptions. HIs time on Revis Island helped the Jets to a 24-14 upset victory.

The following season, the two teams met up in November, with Revis coming out on top yet again. Chad Johnson, the name he was forced to revert back to thanks to a lost bet from the previous season, could only muster 41 yards on 4 receptions. Remember, it was Ochocinco who said “(Revis) couldn’t cover me in a brown paper bag on a corner of a Manhattan street inside a phone booth.”

Revis came out on top every time the two teams met. Perhaps it’s why Revis is still fond of the former Bengals weapon. Ochocinco was a tremendous route runner, one of the best to ever do it, but the greatest of all-time is an extremely questionable label to place on the man.

Hey, at least it’s not another Darrelle Revis-Richard Sherman story.


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