Think Darrelle Revis misses the Jets’ three-ring circus? Guess again.
The All-Pro cornerback who escaped Gang Green’s chaos this offseason said this week he is now basking in the relaxed world of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“Going to Tampa is great,” the former Pitt star told his hometown newspaper after a return to Aliquippa for a youth football camp sponsored by his Revis Island Foundation. “I look at it as a new chapter in my football career. The organization is great. It’s real laid back down there. It’s not a lot of pressure as it is in New York.”
Revis’ comments to the Beaver County Times shed light on his mindset less than two months after the Jets traded their best player to the Bucs for two draft picks in a clear signal to the rest of the NFL that the Jets are rebuilding under new GM John Idzik.
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Darrelle Revis talks about the pressure of the NY media in a recent interview.
Revis, 27, thrived in the Big Apple spotlight after the Jets made the Aliquippa product their first-round pick in the 2007 NFL draft, he admitted the hype surrounding his rise to stardom was tough to deal with at times.
“It can be tough. I got drafted as a junior and I didn’t know anything about New York or about the media, coming from being born here and going to the University of Pittsburgh. It’s a different market,” Revis told the newspaper. “I accepted it. I just wanted to play football.
“The next thing you know you’re a celebrity, and it’s like, ‘OK . . . I just play football.’ You’ve got to be mature about it.”
Revis, who believes the Jets lied to him about their intentions leading up to the trade, continues to rehab a torn ACL suffered in Week 2 last season against the Dolphins. If Revis recovers in time, the Jets will get an early look at their former shutdown corner as the Buccaneers come to MetLife Stadium in Week 1.
Rex Ryan better hope a more relaxed Darrelle is the key to avoiding a disastrous trip back to Revis Island.