Darrelle Revis, for years the top cornerback in football, announced his retirement on Wednesday at age 33.
In 11 years in the game with the Jets, the Buccaneers, the Patriots and the Chiefs, he amassed seven Pro Bowl selections and came to define the position, earning praise as the ultimate “shutdown corner” at a time when such a player was a top priority in the N.F.L. He was so good at foiling opponents’ top receivers that the area on the field he patrolled became known as Revis Island.
“My passion to play the game at an elite level brought fun and excitement to the term ‘shutdown corner,’ which was nearly on the verge of extinction,” he said in announcing his retirement.
Drafted by the Jets as the 14th overall pick out of Pittsburgh in the 2007 draft, Revis earned four consecutive Pro Bowl spots and acclaim as one of the sport’s top defenders. But he tore his A.C.L. in his final year with the Jets and became embroiled in a contract dispute, and was traded to the Bucs. He made the Pro Bowl again, but after a year there, he was released. Picked up by the Patriots, he won a Super Bowl after the 2014 season.
Woody Johnson, as owner of the Jets, made it clear he wanted Revis back, a statement that led to a $100,000 fine for tampering. And Revis did return to New York. But though he signed a guaranteed $39 million, five-year contract, he lasted only two years, picking up yet another Pro Bowl selection..
After two seasons with the Jets, he had a five-game stint with the Chiefs before being released in February.
Known as a cagey businessman, Revis always seemed to extract maximum value for his services, and earned more than $120 million in his career.
He finishes with 29 interceptions, including a 100-yard touchdown return in 2011 for the Jets against the Dolphins.