Joe Benigno On WFAN: ‘The Jets Get Overlooked’

Darrelle Revis Didn’t Make The NFL Network's Top 100 List

Joe & Evan
December 20, 2019 - 5:56 pm

The history of the New York Jets isn’t exactly a marvelous success story, but it doesn’t begin an end with Joe Namath’s guarantee in Super Bowl III.

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Joe Klecko was a four-time Pro-Bowler and two-time All-Pro, playing multiple defensive-line positions during his 12-year career, but it looks like the door may have closed on him making the Hall of Fame. Klecko was not announced as a finalist for the NFL’s 2020 class.

Darrelle Revis, a four-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowler, who for years was considered the best cornerback in football for the better part of a decade, did not make the NFL Network’s top 100 list.

“The Jets get overlooked for a lot of different things,” Joe Benigno said during his Friday afternoon show on WFAN. Benigno specifically took issue with Revis being snubbed by the NFL Network for there 100 greatest players of all-time list.

“Joe Namath won’t make it with the quarterbacks, he’s not in the top-10, Curtis Martin didn’t make it with the running backs and I wasn’t really surprised about that,” Benigno said.

“Kevin Mawae didn’t make it with the centers, it doesn’t look like Don Maynard is going to make it with the wide-receivers, but the one guy that should’ve made it, to me, was Revis.”

Benigno added that Revis was as good as anybody for a four or five year period. He was the best player on a Jets team that played in back to back AFC Championship games. The corner won a Super Bowl with the Patriots and was good in 2015 when he returned to the Jets, up until the last week of the season in Buffalo.

Darrelle Revis

“They wouldn’t even throw the ball at Darrelle Revis!” Benigno noted emphatically. 

The cornerback’s spot on the field was designated “Revis Island” during his prime because of his ability to shut down the opposition’s best wide-receiver by himself. Even with quarterback's attempting to avoid throwing the ball his way, Revis still amassed 29 picks in his career.

Deion Sanders, Ronnie Lott, Mel Blount, Larry Wilson, Willie Brown, Ed Reed, Rod Woodson and others are all deserving, but Benigno believes Revis should’ve been chosen over players such as Jack Christiansen, Mike Haynes or Kenny Houston.

“As good as Kenny Houston was for the Oilers, he wasn’t better than Revis! Revis should be there,” said Benigno.

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