Q&A with Darrelle Revis

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Aliquippa has its share of produced football greats, from Mike Ditka to Sean Gilbert to Ty Law. Pitt cornerback Darrelle Revis knows the history, partly because he's Gilbert's nephew and partly because he plays the same position as Law, Chuck Fisher and Josh Lay, all NFL Draft picks. Revis is a two-year starter for the Panthers and was a first-team All-Big East selection as a sophomore. He is also a Jim Thorpe Award candidate, given to the nation's best defensive back. Revis sat down with Pittsburgh-Tribune Review Pitt beat writer Kevin Gorman to discuss where he comes from and where he is headed.

Q: What's in the Aliquippa water there with cornerbacks?

A: It's a small town, and we just keep them coming. I don't know how we do it. Coach (Mike) Zmijanac does a good job with the program with seeing talent and knowing how to use it. I just think it's great to have guys come in year in, year out and excel.

Q: You were a high school basketball star. When did you realize football was your future?

A: My uncle Sean sat me down and told me that there's not a lot of 6-foot point guards in the NBA. You've only got two or three on an NBA roster. In the NFL, there's eight or nine defensive backs and you can be one of those eight or nine. So, I chose football over basketball.

Q: Last year, you were first-team All-Big East. Now, you're an All-American candidate. How much better can you be?

A: I just think if you do your job -- don't do more than you can do or don't do somebody else's job -- it will happen. My job is to be a leader on this team, to cover wide receivers and make the tackle when it's needed. …