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Can Darrelle Revis Live Up to Ty Law’s #24?

darelle tyOn August 1st, New England Patriots‘ legend cornerback Ty Law was officially inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame, joining the likes of recent fan favorites Tedy Bruschi, Troy Brown, and Drew Bledsoe, among others. It was a beautiful day at Gillette, with fans piled in all around the former Super Bowl champion as he was applauded and acknowledged for his great play for the team he called home from 1995 to 2004.

Many fans could argue that ever since Law was released back in ’04 due to salary cap issues that the Patriots haven’t had an elite talent at the position to strike fear into opposing quarterbacks. Asante Samuel had a good run holding down the position from 2003-2007, but will unfortunately be remembered for his dropped interception in Super Bowl XLII, in a play that would have potentially closed out the game against the eventual winning New York Giants.

Now jumping back to 2014, ten years after Law was released by the team, he’s back and officially a member of the hall of fame, where the No. 24 will forever rein at Gillette.

But interestingly enough, the Patriots brought in a superstar cornerback this offseason, who ironically wears the No. 24, Darrelle Revis.

Generally considered a top 3 cornerback in the NFL, Revis is coming off a full year from his ACL surgery that handicapped him in his time with the New York Jets. (Funny, the first team Law signed with following his time with the Patriots was none other than the Jets.) He was, of course, on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster for the 2013-2014 season, where he regained his top spot in the NFL with 2 interceptions, 50 combined tackles, 2 forced fumbles, and 11 passes defended.

Revis is technically under contract for two years at $32 million, but he can flee if chooses so following the 2014-2015 season.

To win over the heart’s of many Patriots fans across the country, especially the proud New Englander’s, Revis will need to have similar, if not superior statistics this season to Law’s highest points. In 2002 was Law’s greatest statistical year, where he compiled 76 combined tackles, one sack, a forced fumble, and 4 interceptions.

It’s interesting that the Patriots retired their all-time great cornerback the same year they added the star corner of this generation that wears the very same number. Only time will tell if Revis will ultimately live up to the massive expectations set before him by hungry Patriots fans hoping to once again watch a fearsome secondary leader bring their team to the promised land.

Good luck.

 


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