Darrelle Revis is “coming home” to the New York Jets. Those words likely sting the New England Patriots and their fans — and only add vitriol to what might be the NFL’s best rivalry.
It started in the 1960s, when Joe Namath tortured the Patriots, and ran well into the 21st century, as New England continually denied Rex Ryan and Gang Green a chance at Super Bowl glory while collecting ring after ring. Revis was a big part of the rivalry in those days, taunting Patriots receiver Randy Moss at one juncture, but his flip to the New England side helped bring a fourth championship to the franchise. Now he faces a tall task in New York, which doesn’t possess any offensive weapons comparable to Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Not that Revis likely cares: He has 70 million reasons to be comfortable back in the Big Apple.
Revis’ journey from foe to friend to foe again brings to mind the best moments in the Patriots-Jets rivalry. There will be two more chances to add to this list in 2015.
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