Many Green & White fans (not to mention Top Jet Rex Ryan) were upset when Darrelle Revis came in second in the voting for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. But Revis has kept it all in perspective.
For one thing, the individual awards will come. In fact, they are still coming this year. This week it was announced that Revis, already the Jets’ team MVP, has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Year, one of the four top player honors handed out by the prestigious NFL 101 Awards. Revis will receive his trophy at the Kansas City-based organization’s 40th annual gala on March 6.
And of course Revis is in South Florida this week, having been named a starting AFC corner for the first time and an Pro Bowler for the second straight season.
For another thing, the team goals are always more important. No. 24 emphasized that when we approached him for an interview after an AFC practice this week that is currently live on newyorkjets.com. My last question was: What’s next for Darrelle Revis in Year 4 as a Jet?
"Getting wins. That’s all I’ve got to say," Revis said with a laugh. "It’s not about any individual plays. You can’t force plays. Plays’ll come and you’ve just got to make them when they’re there in your face. But we just want to win, get back to the playoffs."
Respect won’t get the Jets to the 2010 postseason. Rather, it’s the byproduct of the team’s hard work, talent level and success. But Revis said he was sensing a turnaround in the respect area as the Jets advanced in this year’s playoffs.
"We weren’t getting a lot of respect. People were saying ‘the same old Jets,’ and we just wanted to prove them wrong," he said. "And since Rex has come in, he’s done a great job with just the attitude of the team. We’ve been moving forward, everybody’s feeding into the system and we’re having fun."
Having fun while winning games, gaining team recognition and letting individual slights roll off one’s back. That makes for a dangerous player. And 53 such dangerous players in the same uniform makes for a dangerous team.
Sanchez Pitching a "Pepsi Refresh Project"
Mark Sanchez has joined Saints QB Drew Brees and Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware in asking fans to join them in making a difference in America’s communities. Fans can cast their votes here or via text by typing the player’s first name to P-E-P-S-I (73774) for the ideas they believe should receive a grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project.
Sanchez’s calling is to build awareness around the signs of Type 1 or juvenile diabetes.
“There are a lot of great ideas out there. Unfortunately, not every cause has the resources to bring them to fruition,” said Sanchez. “The Refresh Project provides the means to turn terrific ideas into successful realities and better the communities around us. Help me support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and together we can help save children and their childhood experiences.”
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