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Don Maynard thinks he could have taken Revis

Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:26 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 11:57 pm
Don Maynard (left) said he could have taken D. Revis one on one (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

During the NFL Network’s recent top-100 countdown, Jets coach Rex Ryan told the cameras that, when Darrelle Revis’ career is complete, the top-flight CB will be known as the best player in franchise history, saying, "There's only one Darrelle Revis. There's not a better zone (corner). There's not a better man (man-to-man corner). You name the defense, he's the best at it."

ESPN New York caught up with WR Don Maynard – who, along with QB Joe Namath – is considered one of the best Jets in history, and Maynard had an interesting theory about how he would have performed against Revis.

Asked if he could have taken Revis one-on-one, Maynard said, “Oh yeah. It doesn't matter if it was him or anyone else. I had a guy named Namath throwing me the ball. If he goes left, I go right. If he goes right, I go left -- the ball would be there. And I've never been caught from behind. That's why my book is called, 'You Can't Catch Sunshine.' (Revis) is like Deion Sanders. I would've loved to have played against those guys."

I assume the Sanders comparison is a compliment. But Maynard also realizes it’s impossible to line up players side by side if they didn’t play in the same era.

"Everybody has his own opinion," Maynard said. "It's like a basketball official calling a ball game. When he blows the whistle, he pleases one team and displeases another. I'm not judging any of them. Whatever (Ryan) says is his business … I'll say this: Our credentials speak for themselves. We wound up in the Hall of Fame."

For the record, Maynard played from 1958-73. He led the AFL in 1965 in touchdowns (14), and in 1967 he led in receiving yards (1,434). He made four Pro Bowls before he was elected into the Pro Football HOF in 1987. His 88 career touchdowns still rank 10th-best all time.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Don Maynard thinks he could have taken Revis

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Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2011 11:14 am

Don Maynard thinks he could have taken Revis

I'll side with the guy with the championship---as a heavy underdog that ushered in the NFL merger and helped make it what it is today.  When Revis wins a few championships in the watered down era he will be worth listening to more.  Maybe he'll get there, but it'll still be a different era regardless.  Those old school offensive players were used to playing being held and hit all the time, and could never get pass interference calls.  There were no rules protecting them from being hit while running in the middle of the field.  Namath and those other QBs expected to get hit like the RBs of today do as well.

Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2011 7:07 pm

Don Maynard is on medication im afraid

no way in hell could maynard get by revis, are u kiddin me  these old men are bitter and crazy, i got to call a spade a spade here but Elvis "TOAST " Patterson could cover don maynard thats real talk,

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2011 1:07 pm

Don Maynard thinks he could have taken Revis

Don Maynard was an awesome receiver in his day. Different era, though...the game was played differently...the rules were much different. Athletes are, of course, bigger, stronger, faster now. All that said, Maynard had tremendous speed, was extremely quick, and had absolutely great hands. He would be a tough cover in any era. When at their best, Namath-Maynard were a precision team. Wouldn't surprise me at all if they would have burned Darrelle Reavis.  

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2011 12:45 pm

Don Maynard thinks he could have taken Revis

Maynard is correct. He and Namath would eat todays defenses up. Didn't hurt having George Sauer on the other side.
They were very good and the long balls were a plenty!!

Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: June 10, 2011 9:47 pm

Don Maynard thinks he could have taken Revis

I agree with Maynard. Joe and him were on the same page. Joe made the AFL the real deal and he loved to challenge the status quo.  That is why he was a winner.

Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2011 4:30 pm

Don Maynard thinks he could have taken Revis

Your comment is either foolishly thought out or you are seeking attention. Joe Namath was not overrated. He called his own games, he was the first QB ever! to throw for more than 4000 yards in a season.

He played in the 60's and 70's. He had 2 horrible knees and still was the best QB in his time.


Since: Sep 14, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2011 11:56 am

Don Maynard thinks he could have taken Revis

Joe Namath, the most overrated QB in the history of football, would have thrown 4 pics against Revis. He has more of a shot completing a pass to Suzy Kolber.

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