Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is inarguably the best safety in football right now, but on the other side of that coin New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is definitely the best cornerback.
And with the Steelers facing the New York Jets in the AFC Championship Game this Sunday for the right to go to the Super Bowl, it begs the question, which is the best of the best? Revis or Polamalu?
Both players are game breaking monsters that keep quarterbacks and offensive coordinators awake at night with their awesome skill sets. The Steelers fully expect Polamalu this Sunday to create at least one turnover while the Jets expect Revis to completely eliminate an entire side of the field.
Polamalu is so feared quarterbacks point him out at the line of scrimmage before every single play, just to make sure everyone knows where he is. Revis is so feared quarterbacks will often not even bother looking at the side of the field Revis is on.
So this begs the question? While both of these guys are the best at what they do, who is the best of the best? If you had to choose between the two, whom would you pick?
The following slide show is a mere attempt at answering that question, it will be broken down into the following categories; athleticism, run defense, pass defense impact along with a conclusion in which I will make my own personal choice.
But really, when forced to choose between these two guys, there is no wrong choice.