Cornerback Darrelle Revis has not been the same player he used to be. While some players will deny it and act like they’ve not changed at all, Revis seems very aware of it and unashamed to admit it. He was recently asked, and said simply:
“My body’s breaking down.”
He is now in his 30s. Most NFL players don’t make it to that age, especially not at positions that aren’t quarterback, punter or kicker. Revis knows this as well as anyone.
He went on to say:
“Yeah, I am. I mean, not in a bad way. I can still play. It’s just, I’m breaking down. I’m 31. How many corners are 31 right now in the league? The league’s getting younger. I know [Vikings cornerback Terence] Newman’s still playing [at 38], which is impressive. But I don’t know how he’s doing it.”
Revis nearly laughed at himself during the interview, though, noting that “I sound like I’m retiring.” He quickly dispelled any rumors of that, saying:
“I’m not thinking about retirement at this moment. I’ve just got to continue to take care of my body. Some of the past injuries, they linger. They linger.”
He does sound like a player who is edging closer to retirement. In the past, though, he has sounded open to making the switch to safety if he’s not able to effectively play corner anymore. That could be a good way for a player with a high football IQ to still contribute, even if his physical abilities aren’t what they used to be.