Western Pennsylvania boy and former University of Pittsburgh standout Darrelle Revis returns to his old stomping grounds with his fan club in full force. Revis, who spent three years at Pitt before turning pro, finished his junior year (2006) leading the Big East with three interception returns for touchdowns as well as tallying a punt return for a score. The number 14th pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, Revis has ascended to Sunday stardom, but has not disregarded his roots. Darrelle was born and raised in Aquippa, Pennsylvania, about fifty miles outside of Pittsburgh, and is expecting several loved ones to be in attendance Sunday.
"(I had to buy) 30 tickets, I think, for this upcoming game," said Revis. "I'm from that area and it's going to be good for my family and friends to come see me play."
Revis is eager to impress his inner circle as he aims to get Gang Green back on the winning track. #24 understands the importance of New York's upcoming game and the challenge of playing on unfavorable field conditions and in front of a raucous crowd. Making matters worse for the Jets is the fact that the franchise has never won a game in Pittsburgh, leaving the Three Rivers city with six losses all-time
"(It will take) a lot of focus this game (and) a sense of urgency for this game," said Revis. "We have to come out of there with a win. We know it's going to be a hostile environment and we're going to see all the Terrible Towels and those types of things. The field, I played there in college, is one of the roughest fields in the NFL, so we have to make sure we take care of our footing out there. It's going to be a hostile environment, so we have to come out of there with a win."
Mired in a two game slide, Revis remains confident that his squad can finish the season on a high note and clinch a postseason berth. Last week, the Jets defense played very well in limiting Miami to just two first quarter scores and a total offense output of just 131 yards in what was a 10-6 loss for New York.
The team isn't in crisis mode quite yet, says Revis.
"No, we just let two games slip past us," admitted Revis. "Now, we're still 9-4 and we still control our destiny for the rest of the season, so we just have to get a couple of wins here, over these last (three) games, and head into the playoffs."