Darrelle Revis, Randy Moss, New York Jets, New England Patriots
Darrelle Revis, Randy Moss, New York Jets, New England Patriots, Getty Images

Even as Revis has largely disconnected from the NFL, his legacy is remembered

A former New York Jets nemesis has given the ultimate sign of respect to one of the franchise’s best players.

Randy Moss joined Peyton and Eli Manning on Manningcast, the ESPN show that runs during Monday Night Football. Moss offered that Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis made him pay attention to the details of football during their battles rather than relying on pure athleticism.

“I had many battles with Darrelle Revis, and the one thing he made me pay attention to [which] I really didn’t [before] was where the safety is: is he in the middle of the field right over the center or is he favoring over the hash?” said Moss. “So he’s one corner I really have respect for because he made me a complete player.”

Moss vs. Revis was an epic showdown from Revis’s NFL debut, when the 14th overall pick was victimized by the Hall of Fame receiver in what was to become a record-setting season. Moss caught nine passes for 183 yards and the first of his 23 touchdowns in that opener, much of his yardage coming against No. 24.

However, Revis won a number of those battles, most notably early in the 2009 season. Moss had just four receptions for 24 yards in that game, in which Revis went one-on-one with him. Revis also pulled down a pick against Moss in the Jets’ 16-9 victory.

After being inducted into the Jets’ Ring of Honor in a halftime ceremony during the Jets’ victory over the Chicago Bears in Week 12, Revis has bigger honors to anticipate. He was recently named a semifinalist for the NFL Hall of Fame and is a likely first-ballot inductee.

It’s always nice when a former Patriots player acknowledges that a Jets player was a worthy opponent.

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Rivka Boord has followed the Jets since the age of five. She is known locally for her in-depth knowledge of football. She hopes to empower young women to follow their dreams and join the sports conversation. Boord's background in analytics infuses her articles with unique insights into the state of the Jets' franchise and the NFL as a whole.
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