Is Darrelle Revis the best defensive back in Jets history?
Darrelle Revis is considered one of the best defensive backs in the NFL currently, but is Revis the best New York Jets defensive back of all time? You’ll have to read to find out, as we go down the list of the greatest defensive backs in New York Jets history starting with number 6 Burgess Owens.
6. Burgess Owens
Burgess Owens was drafted by the New York Jets in the 1973 draft 13th overall out of the University of Miami. At safety Owens started the majority of the time he was with the Jets from 1973-1979 and was a Pro Bowl alternate in the 1982 season. As a rookie in 1973 Owens returned an 82 yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos on October 28, 1973, which was the only kickoff return for touchdown in the 1970’s for the Jets. Owens was on a Jets team that failed to make any noise in the postseason which hurt his chances to get more recognition, but he was a solid safety for the Jets for some time.
5. Bobby Jackson
Bobby Jackson drafted in 1978 from Florida State who made a lot of noise during his tenure with the Jets from 1978-1985. In his rookie season in 1978, he started all 16 games and recorded 5 interceptions. Named defensive captain in the 1981 season and had a career total of 21 interceptions. Jackson is considered to be a top three cornerback in the history of the Jets, but is number 5 on this list, because his flashes of brilliance faded just as rapidly as they began. Jackson was a lifelong Jet and still deserves to be on this list for his contributions to the franchise.
4. Dainard Paulson
Dainard Paulson as defensive back for the New York Titans which became the New York Jets in 1963 where Paulson had a short career from 1961-1966. Paulson made up for the short career of six seasons with an amazing run in interceptions. Paulson recorded 29 interceptions, was an AFL All-Star from 1964-1965 and his best season was in 1964 when he recorded 12 interceptions in only 14 games. The singles season interception record was held by Lester Hayes and yet Paulson in 1964 played two games less than Hayes.
3. Bill Baird
Bill Baird drafted by the AFL New York Jets played from 1963-1969. Baird was part of the Jets secondary who shut down the Baltimore Colts’ passing game in Super Bowl III. Baird’s career included 34 career interceptions and didn’t receive the credit he deserved playing multiple positions at cornerback and safety. Baird also took 2 interceptions back to the house during his tenure. Retiring right after the Jets Super Bowl victory, Baird will gone down as one of the best defensive backs in Jets history.
2. Aaron Glenn
Aaron Glenn was drafted by the New York Jets as the 12th overall pick in the 1994 draft and was one of the greatest corner backs in Jets history. Recording two Pro Bowls, two All-Pro seasons and 24 interceptions during his tenure with the Jets from 1994-2001. His best season was in 1997 when quarterbacks began to just throw it away from it, because of how well he played the position at that point in his career. After 2001, Glenn went to the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars and New Orleans Saints before finally retiring. Glenn was taken from the Jets in the 2002 NFL Expansion draft unfortunately, because Glenn could have been even better if he stayed with the Jets.
1. Darrelle Revis
In a relatively short career, Revis’s impact on the Jets is the best in the history of the New York Jet franchise. Not, because of interceptions, but how infrequently quarterbacks try to test Revis. Ever since the 2009 season which saw Revis intercept 6 passes and 2010 season which saw virtually the lowest number of plays coming his way. It’s apparent that Revis is the best, because of how his play helps the entire team. Some corners are playmaking corners who get beat frequently, while Revis is truly a shutdown corner in every sense of the word. With 4 Pro Bowls, 3 All-Pro seasons and AFC Defensive player of the year in 2009, there is not much more to say about how great he is. Revis also has more time to cement his legacy even more with the Jets.
Is Darrelle Revis the best defensive back in Jets history? I believe he already is and if you disagree with the list, feel free to leave comment.
James Cobern is a Featured Journalist for TPF and can be contacted at JCobern@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com.