Darrelle Revis knows exactly what to expect when he lines up opposite New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady this Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
“There’s no difference in his game,” the New York Jets cornerback told reporters earlier this week, via The Associated Press. “I know a lot of people say he came back with a chip on his shoulder. He’s the ultimate competitor. He’s always been that way since he stepped in the league, and he’s continuing his legacy as being probably the best quarterback to ever step on the field.”
Revis and Brady are very familiar with one another, both from their time on opposite sides of one of the NFL’s oldest rivalries and from the one season they spent together as teammates in New England.
And while Revis no longer looks like the All-Pro defender he once was, Brady still is going strong, carrying a league-best 123.3 passer rating and an impressive 16-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio into this weekend’s Patriots-Jets showdown.
“I think that’s just giving him credit for how hard he works on a day-to-day basis, how much dedication and time he puts into his craft, and him wanting to be at the top of the food chain,” Revis told reporters. “Every year, he’s proven himself. Every year, I mean, they’re one of the best teams in the NFL. His legacy speaks for itself. Like I said, he’s probably the best quarterback to step on the field, ever.”
Revis added that Brady is “definitely a first-ballot Hall of Famer” who should “shatter” Peyton Manning’s all-time wins record of 200. Brady, who has guided the Patriots to a 5-1 record since returning from his Deflategate suspension in Week 5, currently is tied with Brett Favre for second on that list with 199 career victories.
“His stats are always off the charts,” Revis told reporters. “The guy, he puts the numbers up. If a lot of people could see how hard he works behind closed doors, I think they would have the utmost respect. Not to say they don’t, but if they could look inside the life of Tom Brady and see how hard he works, they would have more of an appreciation of the whole body of work that he’s put together.”
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