Darrelle Revis thought about retiring, had microfracture surgery after ACL tear

AP

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week in a homage to a Joe Namath cover from July 1965 that played off his Broadway Joe nickname.

There’s also a recreation of the famous shot of Namath holding court poolside in Miami before Super Bowl III (there’s no pantyhose ad, sadly) the article by Greg Bishop itself features into other connections between the two Jets. Knee problems were a constant for Namath during his career and Revis experienced a serious one in 2012 when he tore his ACL.

Revis reveals that he also had microfracture surgery on his way back to the field, which is something that was kept quiet at the time. Revis was traded from the Jets to the Buccaneers before the 2013 season and returned to the field in time to play all 16 games in Tampa. That return came after he initially contemplated retirement, however.

“I did think about retiring,” Revis said, via Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. “I had never been seriously injured before, and I didn’t know how to handle it.”

Revis said his uncle Sean Gilbert talked him out of retiring, something that has worked out well for Revis on and off the field as he’s secured a Super Bowl ring and big contracts from the Patriots and Jets over the last two seasons.

41 responses to “Darrelle Revis thought about retiring, had microfracture surgery after ACL tear

  1. Does this guy ever shut up?

    He is soooooo annoying…..Always talking about himself and how he is the best and under paid etc. Like the world wakes up and cares what he says and does.

  2. Wonder if this had impact on Pats decision not to go “all in” as Jets did? Did they see him as great player for 1 or 2 more seasons at best. I still think Pats should have either kept original contract as is or picked up option for 1 more year. That said, Belichick’s success rate on letting guys go is in the 80-90% range. so “in Bill we trust”.

  3. Yeah, and i think about retiring everyday when i wake up, then i realize i live in a real world and cant.

  4. rg3andthensome | Jul 21, 2015, 3:33 PM EDT

    Does this guy ever shut up?

    He is soooooo annoying…..Always talking about himself and how he is the best and under paid etc. Like the world wakes up and cares what he says and does.

    Man then Revis is like most Patriot fans…..who would have thought?

  5. Not to espouse sour grapes, but as a Bucs fan it would’ve been nice for the team to know about the microfracture surgery before coughing up a 1st round pick and paying him $16 mil for a mediocre season.

  6. Instead, he decided to join forces with the greatest quarterback and head coach of ALL-TIME to help them win yet another SUPER BOWL!

    Remember that Jet fans. You are essentially taking back a girlfriend who cheated on you with your worst enemy. No matter what he does from here on out, he’ll always be a guy who helped the Patriots win the best Super Bowl ever.

  7. the only thing he thought about was the $$$$ which i have no problem with. these guys should get paid while they can. he also was 1 or 1A of importance for the pats winning the super bowl last year. will always be grateful for that. go get paid darrelle

  8. doublebase says:
    Jul 21, 2015 3:37 PM
    Well he pretty much did retire, he signed with the Jets…

    LOL, I know….play hard for 6-7 weeks, then coast and wait for the following year…He wasn’t used to playing hard 19 games like he did w/NE….Thats 3 seasons w/jets.

  9. Does this guy ever shut up?

    He is soooooo annoying…..Always talking about himself and how he is the best and under paid etc. Like the world wakes up and cares what he says and does.

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    Funny how being around Patriot fans for a year will change you for the worse. And it doesn’t wash off…..

  10. Revis is so criminally overrated it’s become comical at this point. The myth of “b-b-but, he follows the #1 receiver all the time!!” is still somehow living on despite him backing down from the challenge of Calvin Johnson (who completely trashed Revis when he was on the Bucs before he characteristically faked an injury and didn’t come out for the second half) in favor of #2 Golden Tate. Who still had 100 yards. Not to mention him getting crapped on by Ted Ginn Jr. of all people multiple times.

  11. At least when he finally does decide to call it quits he’ll have his own island to retire to. Just throw a couple leis and tiki torches on him, float him out to sea and start selling timeshares on Revis Island Paradise.

  12. Thank god the pats saved his career! Honestly he’s nowhere close to Sherman or Peterson…. He was just on a great team

  13. ashleyschafferbmw says:
    Jul 21, 2015 4:22 PM
    what an admirable guy coming back to his real team…after winning a super bowl with their biggest rival.

    ****

    Only jets fans (and their foot loving ex-coaches) think their biggest rival is the pats. The pats’ rivalries are with teams who are actually good.

  14. This Pats fan will always be grateful for him signing with the Pats. That 4th ring was elusive! And Revis was nothing but the consummate pro all year.

  15. He’s a good guy, I wish Lovie and Licht would have made room for himon the roster…..oh well

  16. pickvayne says:
    Jul 21, 2015 3:48 PM
    Not to espouse sour grapes, but as a Bucs fan it would’ve been nice for the team to know about the microfracture surgery before coughing up a 1st round pick and paying him $16 mil for a mediocre season.

    ——————-

    There is almost 0% chance the Bucs didn’t know of the surgery when they finalized the trade. All trades are dependant on the player passing a physical with the acquiring team and that would require full disclosure of what surgery he had.

  17. jjmurphy1127d says:
    Jul 21, 2015 3:42 PM
    Wonder if this had impact on Pats decision not to go “all in” as Jets did? Did they see him as great player for 1 or 2 more seasons at best. I still think Pats should have either kept original contract as is or picked up option for 1 more year. That said, Belichick’s success rate on letting guys go is in the 80-90% range. so “in Bill we trust”.

    ———-
    BB didn’t “let him go”…..he was just too expensive. The Pats do not overpay very often. Seattle will soon find out where they leads a team.

  18. carloswlassiter says:
    Jul 21, 2015 5:10 PM
    By the end of last season he was an average player, torched in the Baltimore game by a 44 year-old Steve Smith, and then burned in the SB.

    ——–
    Burned in the SB? You mean the play where the ref got between him and the receiver?

  19. The story is skewing things.

    To me, he thought about retiring after witness the Patriots cheating culture and having his tainted ring.

    His good soul could not hide the cheating he took part of.

  20. Because pantyhose ads are relevant.

    Wow. You idiots just can’t wait until training camp, can you?

  21. “Well he pretty much did retire, he signed with the Jets…”

    Right. Because he didn’t go to two AFC Championship games with the Jets.

    You idiots need to realize that if the Seahawks can go from complete obscurity to winning a Super Bowl and going to another one the following year; any team can be good. It’s easy to pick on the Jets, facts aside, but you look foolish when you just throw out silly comments.

  22. Hmm I see the legion 2012th man is getting a bit desperate here… kinda sad really

    You think Revis got torched in the Super Bowl???

    Sure,if you call giving up ONE reception on a pick play getting torched…

    Dudes the best corner in the game, period.

    And personally I’d call giving up the most receptions in the history of the SB getting torched…

    I’d call letting Brady go for a perfect 8-8 for 74 yds on his final game winning drive, getting torched…

    I’d call 14 unanswered points in the 4th quarter getting torched…

    28-24

  23. I can’t believe the Patriots let Revis go. Generational talent. Just because he has a strong business sense, and puts his financial stability above the team, doesn’t mean he isn’t a great player. Just makes him smart. NFL fans always expect these guys to be team first oriented in a league that is cut throat and unforgiving. It’s just not realistic.

    Revis is the best cover corner I have seen since Prime Time and I am extremely disappointed he won’t be back in New England this season.

  24. Wonder if this had impact on Pats decision not to go “all in” as Jets did? Did they see him as great player for 1 or 2 more seasons at best. I still think Pats should have either kept original contract as is or picked up option for 1 more year.

    If you look at the contract Jets didn’t go “all in”, only committed to him for two years. No signing bonus. After first two years there is only 6 mil guaranteed which is nothing in NFL dollars.

  25. pickvayne says:
    Jul 21, 2015 3:48 PM
    Not to espouse sour grapes, but as a Bucs fan it would’ve been nice for the team to know about the microfracture surgery before coughing up a 1st round pick and paying him $16 mil for a mediocre season.

    ———-

    A lot of the surgeries had by NFL players aren’t made public. News about some of those surgeries gets out — eventually — but teams and players are able to keep quite a bit secret.

  26. yeah, I agree with the West coast contingent, he sure ain’t no Richard Sherman;
    he didn’t get caught using Adderall and living on one side of he field all his career

  27. infectorman says:
    Jul 21, 2015 8:26 PM
    yeah, I agree with the West coast contingent, he sure ain’t no Richard Sherman;
    he didn’t get caught using Adderall and living on one side of he field all his career

    ————
    He certainly doesn’t cry like Sherman….

  28. I love how the poster with rg3 in his handle claims Revis never shuts up. I guess he should know a thing or two about NFL players that love to hear themselves take and push their agenda.

  29. I’m not sure where people get off trashing Revis for not being an elite corner. He erased several top receivers last season and we wouldn’t have won the Super Bowl without him. Steve Smith didn’t “torch” him; he had a decent game and Flacco made some good throws, and Baldwin had to use the ref to create separation in the Super Bowl. Other than that one play, Revis barely gave him room to breathe. He was probably the best corner in the league last season.

    And I was extremely disappointed the Patriots didn’t resign him, but I understand not getting into a bidding war for someone soon to be on the wrong side of 30. They’ll find someone else to step in at corner. But Patriots fans everywhere will forever be grateful that he came in and helped put this team over the top

  30. Two thoughts:

    1.) Revis is insanely good. He allows you to play defense so much differently because he doesn’t need help and you can use one safety to roam and disrupt instead of worry about deep coverage. I’ll forever be grateful for his contributions to the 2014 Patriots and helping Brady and Belichick get that elusive 4th ring.

    2.) Belichick’s track record letting go of a guy over 30 that seemingly makes zero sense at the time is pretty dang good. See Lawyer Milloy, Ty Law, Mike Vrabel, Richard Seymour, and Wes Welker. A 30 year old Revis with a ring on his finger and $39M guaranteed through his 33rd birthday may be a bad combo – especially if he becomes disinterested if the Jets don’t find a QB in a hurry.

  31. ‘You idiots need to realize that if the Seahawks can go from complete obscurity to winning a Super Bowl and going to another one the following year; any team can be good. It’s easy to pick on the Jets, facts aside, but you look foolish when you just throw out silly comments.’

    You need a GM who isn’t an idiot. That kind of rules out the Jets for the time being.

    But hey, they’ll have elite CBs and a great D-line. That’s all you need, right?

    It’s not an accident that the two Super Bowl teams featured QBs that were both drafted late and were playing with below-market contracts. Getting a talent like Wilson or Brady late in the draft appears to happen roughly once every 10 years. Right now, the Jets have a huge problem at the QB position. And with the NFL the way it is these days, that means no Super Bowl any time soon.

    And with Rex and the talent in Buffalo, the Jets won’t even be able to rely on having the best defense in their own division.

    As for Revis, like other real Pats fans here I count my lucky stars that he was on the team even for only a season. Anybody who doesn’t recognize his talent and intelligence when it comes to playing his position just doesn’t understand the sport very well. The question isn’t whether he was still playing at an elite level last year, but how long he’ll be able to keep it up. My personal opinion is that the Jets overpaid, but clearly that’s also what I want to believe. I’d like to think guys like Revis and Peyton Manning won’t threaten the Pats in the future.

  32. “A lot of the surgeries had by NFL players aren’t made public. News about some of those surgeries gets out — eventually — but teams and players are able to keep quite a bit secret.”

    I agree with the other commenter that there was no way the Bucs didn’t know about this. You cannot hide evidence of a surgery when a physical is required for a trade.
    Of course, the Bucs may have sat on this information, not wanting to share it with their own fans…as apparently they did.

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