ESPN's Darren Rovell shared the news on Tuesday via Twitter:
Nearly 3 years after he filed for the trademark Revis Island, Darrelle Revis is now the registered owner of the phrase.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) October 14, 2013
Sam Gardner of FOXSports.com also got a hold of the legal document for Revis, which shows his patent request was formally approved on Sept. 24.
"Revis Island" has become a household nickname for the shutdown defender in recent years. At the height of his powers as the NFL's premier lockdown corner with the New York Jets, he was known for taking the opponents' top receiver out of the game by putting him on an island with suffocating man-to-man coverage.
Does the nickname "Revis Island" still hold true?
But now he's no longer on the Jets; he's with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who haven't been using him the same way.
The Bucs made a big splash this offseason by trading two draft picks to the Jets before signing Revis to a six-year, $96-million contract. However, Tampa Bay has made many people scratch their heads by using Revis in their zone schemes, rather than letting him play more one-on-one defense.
National Football Post's Joel Corry offered his opinion on the situation:
Here's a great plan: give up a 1st round pick for Darrelle Revis; make him the NFL's highest paid CB; neutralize him by playing zone.— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) October 14, 2013
Revis was reportedly unhappy with his role in the defense to start the season, which isn't what a team typically wants to hear from its star player.
The Buccaneers also added hard-hitting safety Dashon Goldson via free agency with a five-year deal, but the new players haven't been able to keep Tampa Bay from going 0-5 to start the season.
But at least there's some light-hearted news coming out of Tampa Bay. Mired in off-the-field distractions like Josh Freeman's ugly divorce from the team and an outbreak of MRSA, it's been a rough year for the Buccaneers.
Hopefully for them, the official trademark of Revis Island can help catalyze a turnaround.