Darrelle Revis and Joe Klecko will enter the Hall of Fame together, but one New York Jets great had angry words for another
New York Jets soon-to-be-enshrined Hall of Fame cornerback Darrelle Revis mostly keeps to himself. Aside from a visit to One Jets Drive that was memorialized on the ‘Flight 2022’ video series, Revis has largely stepped away from football.
Still, he comes back every so often to defend his own legacy. After engaging in a Twitter spat with former Bengals receiver Chad Johnson earlier this year, Revis now put out some controversial material about fellow enshrinee Joe Klecko.
Klecko said that at a Super Bowl radio interview, Revis made a comment saying that “Joe and I are the two best defensive players ever to play for the Jets” and that it’s cool they’ll be entering the Hall of Fame together. Klecko said he appreciated the comment.
That could have been the end of that, but Revis chose not to let it slide.
i don’t speak to people i don’t know very well. and we did not speak based on you saying you were jealous of my success @ the Super Bowl. my mindset is clearly I’m @ the top of that list as the best ever but as a gentlemen i decided to say something cool for a headline.
— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) June 26, 2023
It remains to be seen how Klecko will respond, but Revis was clearly ticked off by something. It’s hard to understand exactly what’s going on here. It does seem like Revis is defending his territory as the best defensive player in Jets history. Although few would dispute that, Klecko’s Hall of Fame bust is well-deserved in its own right.
Revis + Sauce
Earlier in the day, a fan tweeted a snippet from Madden featuring the cornerback duo of Revis and Sauce Gardner. Revis retweeted it.
— Rob (@RobThe_Ref) June 26, 2023
Statistically, Gardner and D.J. Reed formed one of the best, if not the best defensive back duos in the NFL. Throw in Michael Carter II, and it’s not surprising that Pro Football Focus recently named the Jets’ secondary the best in the league (although the safeties might throw that under dispute).
As good and as underrated as Reed is, he cannot match Revis Island. It is worth pointing out, though, that it was Reed who had to face Stefon Diggs for large segments of both Jets-Bills games in 2022. It was also Reed who often drew the shorter, quicker receivers—the same types of players who were often the bane of Revis’ existence (another former Buffalo receiver, Stevie Johnson, comes to mind).
Still, it’s always fun to imagine the great Jets of different eras joining forces. Klecko and Quinnen Williams, Don Maynard and Garrett Wilson, and Curtis Martin and Breece Hall are some other fun duos that Madden can bring together in a way that the NFL itself could not.
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