Dear Darrelle Revis, Sorry—Charles Woodson is Still the Best CB in Town

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistMay 22, 2010

SEATTLE - OCTOBER 12:  Cornerback Charles Woodson #21 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after just missing an interception in the first half against the Seattle Seahawks on October 12, 2008 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Packers defeated the Seahawks 27-17. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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I rarely go on holidays much these days.  It seems I never have time or I simply can't afford it. 

However, if I were to go somewhere, it would be somewhere nice, somewhere a guy can get some thinking done and truly relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city life.

There's many places I would love to visit one day such as California, New York, London, and Italy, but unfortunately there is one destination that I simply can't come to terms with—Revis Island.

It's supposedly a humble place, where interceptions happen and no one gets past the force of the New York Jets explosive cornerback Darrelle Revis. 

Is this a place I'd like to go?  Yeah, sure, but right now it's a place that seems a little overrated to me.

Recently in the media, I've been reading a whole lot about Revis.  A possible contract raise is in the cards and it seems Revis is eager to be the highest paid cornerback in professional football.

For the most part, no one can blame Revis for wanting to achieve this feat, after all, it is only natural for every man to want to squeeze every penny, but a serious question must be asked before Rex Ryan goes ahead and grips that pen with this clammy hands and signs Revis to a much more wealthy contract than he is already subject to now.

The question is this: Is Darrelle Revis the best cornerback in the league?

Many people get into daily debates over this issue, but personally I am yet to fully come to terms with the idea of Revis being the truly greatest cornerback in the NFL today.

With this said, I of course do recognize the talent this man possesses and there is no questioning that his future is as bright and as promising as other young athletes in professional sports today.

But to me, one man stands in the way of Revis achieving his full glory—his name is Charles Woodson. 

Ever since the early days of becoming an NFL fan, I've been somewhat of a Woodson promoter.  I've always loved his work, and always felt that at times he simply doesn't get the credit he truly deserves.

Nowadays, this statement simply doesn't ring true as his nine interceptions in 2009 tell a different story, and it seems that every intelligent NFL fan realizes just how important this man not only is to the Packers, but to the entire NFL in general.

Woodson is the epitome of an "everyday Joe"-type guy. 

He interacts with the fans, he never misbehaves, and above all else, he simply gets the job done for Mike McCarthy and his promising defense.  He's a laid back guy that doesn't act out of order, and when it comes to putting his head down, Woodson is the ultimate role model for any young fan out there.

As much as I've love to sit here though and promote number 21 to all of you, it seems a curve ball has been thrown into my Charles Woodson world, and it is one that I simply am not going to take home as a souvenir and cherish for the rest of my life.

Three years ago, Revis was seemingly irrelevant in the NFL. 

As impressive as his Round One draft spot was, Revis was a young man that had promising talent, but didn't really stand out to absolutely everybody at the present time. 

In the past two years though, that story has changed immensely, and the label "The greatest cornerback in the NFL" seems to have been added to Revis' persona like a pinch of salt is added to a spicy Indian dish.

As a general fan of the NFL, I am all for labelling certain players as "the greatest" or "the best," but obviously I only promote it if it is in fair context.

In this case, calling Revis the greatest cornerback in the league simply cancels out Woodson's efforts.  It's not that I am upset about this, it's more that I see this as a travesty and almost as an insult to everything that Charles Woodson has put into the league.

Maybe it's got to do with Green Bay being a smaller market team, or maybe it's got to do with money, as it so often is in modern day sports.  However, I fail to see how a young cornerback with three years in the NFL, has outdone an NFL veteran that has put together numerous consistent seasons of pure brilliance.

Does it seem fair to you? 

Well, unless you are a New York Jets fan, it really shouldn't.  Whether you love the Packers or you don't, I think it's fair to say that most Green Bay fans feel a little cheated out of a "great player" right now.

So what does Revis have to say for it all?  Not a whole lot, and like you guessed, the words "Charles Woodson" haven't even entered the media's minds.

"They believe I should be the highest-paid player at my position," Revis said. "They understand that, and I understand that. I don't think anybody would want to settle for less if they were in my situation right now. It's something that's going to get done."

Once again, it seems to be all about the money, something that Charles Woodson doesn't seem to care a whole lot for. 

By writing this article, I don't intend to offend Revis, and I certainly am not calling him undeserving.  Is he the greatest in the league right now though? 

You decide, but as of now, there is more than just one member on Revis Island, and his name is Charles Woodson.


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