Darrelle Revis poses in front of "Revis Island" at the Jets' training center in Florham Park, New Jersey, on July 24, 2018.

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Darrelle Revis Retires As A Jet

Signs 1-Day Contract With Team

July 24, 2018 - 2:54 pm
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By WFAN.com

Darrelle Revis returned to the Jets one final time Tuesday -- to say goodbye.

The seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback signed a one-day contract so that he could retire with Gang Green, the team he spent eight of his 11 seasons with.

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"This journey was great," he said as he was honored at the team's facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, where sand and palm trees were brought in to create a "Revis Island." "I enjoyed every bit of it. I put my heart and soul into wearing the green and white."

The Jets selected Revis with the 14th overall pick in the 2007 draft out of Pittsburgh. He had two tours of duty in New York -- from 2007-12 and 2015-16. Sandwiched in between was one year each with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots, with whom he won a Super Bowl. He played five games with the Kansas City Chiefs last season.

A four-time first-team All-Pro and likely future Hall of Famer, Revis had 29 career interceptions and three touchdowns. His skills as a shutdown corner earned him the "Revis Island" moniker.

With Revis, the Jets had five top-10 defenses and reached the AFC championship game back-to-back seasons in 2009 and 2010.

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Jets acting owner Christopher Johnson on Tuesday called Revis "not only one of the best players in the history of this franchise, but one of the best players to ever play the game, period."

"His dominance at the cornerback position is legendary," Johnson said. "Forget giving up the catch. We were all shocked when quarterbacks would dare to attempt a pass in his direction."

Revis said he's proud of the legacy he's leaving behind.

"As I look at it now, as I take some time to really assess what I've done and what really happened, it's amazing. It's amazing," he said. "You leave a legacy behind that players can follow, they can mimic, they can study your film study as well. As a kid, I studied tons of guys -- the Darrell Greens, the Deion Sanders, the Ty Laws of the world. So the next wave is coming, and during my tenure here, I tried to do the best I could with my opportunities."

He attributed much of his success to his preparation. 

"My work ethic, my study habits, I feel propelled me to strive to be one of the greatest," he said. "It took a lot of work week in and week out to prepare and play at the highest level covering some of the toughest receivers in the world."

But who was the toughest? 

"I'd probably say Randy Moss," he said. 

Revis said his biggest regret was not bringing the Jets to a Super Bowl.

"I would like to have those two AFC championship games back," he said. "Those still run through my mind until this day and probably will for a lifetime. ... Especially after you go watch the film, you kind of put it on yourself of 'what could I have done better?' And I think we all felt that way as a team, as an organization, at that time. I mean, we were so close to being in the Super Bowls back-to-back years."

Revis didn't provide any details about what's next for him, but he said he hopes to stay close to the game.

"It's a love," he said. "It's a passion for me."