Darrelle Revis thinks he is "the best defender in all of sports." Is this guy serious?
That is a direct quote from No.24 during a recent photo shoot for ESPN The Magazine at New Meadowlands Stadium.
Never mind the fact that this in an absurd statement when one considers that there are dozens upon dozens of different sports, but come on, Darrelle, this is exactly the sort of thing that you simply do not say—ever.
Besides, I doubt very much he'd fare well defending against a Kobe Bryant jumper, a Sidney Crosby slapshot, or, well, you get the point.
This young man may be one of the main reasons why the 2009 New York Jets were able to eek out a 9-7 season with a rookie quarterback on a steep learning curve, and he could possibly even be the best corner currently playing in the NFL, but he has a lot to learn when it comes to being a real champion.
The reality is, it does not matter if you are the best if you do not practice humility. There is nothing redeeming about a sore winner. Not to mention the fact that being great in this league is as much about longevity as anything else, and one stellar season is not enough to solidify a player as great; you have to go out there and do it year after year.
Maybe Revis was put up to it by ESPN's producers, or maybe he just isn't one for thinking before he speaks, but next time he's in front of a camera I hope he remembers one very important thing: To proclaim yourself the best, is to preclude yourself from being the best.
The way to greatness does not pass through egotism, Darrelle, and vanity is unbecoming. If you want to go far—Speak softly and carry a big stick.