Q&A with Darrelle Revis
Harrop, JoAnne Klimovich, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
When New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was in high school and college, he was the type of player who continually amazed fans and coaches by doing things they could never have imagined. Revis continues to thrill fans in the NFL.
A first-round draft pick for the New York Jets at No. 14 overall, he agreed to a six year, $36 million contract this season. The 5- foot-11, 204 pounder has started all nine games and made 57 tackles, 47 solo, this season. The Jets had a bye last week.
Revis was All-Big East at Pitt and the Associated Press Class AA Player of the Year. He is the nephew of Sean Gilbert, a lineman, who also played at Aliquippa, Pitt and in the NFL.
Revis will face his hometown team, the Steelers, when the Jets host a 4:05 game on Sunday. Revis discussed how playing at Aliquippa High School and Pitt shaped the player he is today.
Q: What did you learn playing at Aliquippa that has helped you in your college and now, professional career?
A: I learned so many things playing at Aliquippa. The coaching staff there does a great job of preparing players for the next level. The coaches teach their players the techniques they need to be successful past college.
Q: What do you tell people when they stereotype Aliquippa as a tough area?
A: You can make it out of Aliquippa if you have the right support group around you. You have to be positive and be around people who have the right ideas about things. Those people will help you have a positive life. Aliquippa has plenty of positive role models.
Q: What was it like playing for Aliquippa coach Mike Zmijanac?
A: Coach Zmijanac is a great coach. He is a players' coach who forms relationships with his players. He always talks about the players who played before you and that you are part of what they started. That the current team is there to carry on the tradition of the previous Quips players.
Q: How much tougher is it playing at the professional level?
A: The players at this level are very, very smart. You can't make a mistake or they will make you pay.
Q: What was it like on draft day?
A: Draft day was pretty exciting. I was anxious to and wanted to get it over with because it was a long process from the (February) combine to actual draft day. …