Revis, Marshall share strong mutual respect

After nearly a decade of competing against each other, four-time First team All-Pro Darrelle Revis and five-time Pro-Bowl selection Brandon Marshall have developed a strong mutual respect -- a respect that has grown since they have become teammates.

Darrelle Revis is the best in the league. Ever, ever, ever,” said Marshall Thursday on ESPN’s First Take.

“It’s a great compliment from Brandon,” said Revis of Marshall’s praise. “I played against him throughout my whole career. We’ve had our battles. He’s won some battles when we played against each other in the past and I’ve won some. I think it’s just a mutual respect that we have for each other.”

Revis and Marshall’s teams have matched up six times during their illustrious careers. Their most recent matchup came in week 8 of this past season where Revis held Marshall to only three catches in a 51-23 win for the New England Patriots.

Now teammates, Revis and Marshall see the work the other puts in to make themselves the great players they are. And both players use the same word in describing what makes them one of if not the best at their respective positions: Smart.

“He is so intelligent as a receiver, he’s very smart, “ said Revis of Marshall “He knows how to get open. He knows how to use his body, he knows how to use his strength and his size.”

“He’s a technician and he’s really crafty, really smart. He works hard,” said Marshall of what sets Revis apart from the rest of the cornerbacks in the NFL.

While Marshall, now entering his tenth season, never played against Deion Sanders, arguably the greatest cornerback of all-time, he has played and practiced against the best cornerbacks the NFL has had to offer throughout the past decade. And that experience has led him to the conclusion that Revis is the best cornerback in NFL history.

“(Revis is the best) because I’ve played against him for, going on nine years now,” Marshall said. “He came out in 2007, and I played against Champ (Bailey). I never really got a chance to go against Champ in his prime... I’ve always practiced against him. Darrelle is just really good at what he does. He’s excellent at what he does.”

Like Marshall, Revis also used a comparison to an upper echelon player when describing what makes the receiver great.

“If there could be another Megatron, it would be him,” Revis said. “I would put those two, him and Calvin Johnson in the same category of big, tall receivers, 6-5, 230 plus and can run like a skill player. I’ll just say that. He’s very intelligent, he understands the game and he’s very smart at what he does best.”

Revis and Marshall no longer have to worry about stopping the other on game day, which is something the player Marshall declared to be the G.O.A.T. is happy about.

“And now we’re teammates. I never thought we would be teammates in my wildest dreams,” Revis said. “Now we get to compete against each other (in practice). I’m glad he’s on my team. I don’t have to look across the huddle and see that it’s Brandon Marshall.”

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