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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: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:18 pm

Don Maynard says Revis is like Deion

Maybe he's saying Revis is the worst tackler in the history of the NFL?

Namath throwing the ball lends credence to how good Maynard was, because Namath was an average NFL QB.  He won a Super MVP when he lead his team to one lone TD, because the defense held the best offense in the league to 7 points, but no one guy on the defense stood out enough to win the award.  He routinely threw more picks than touchdowns.  He was a star, but never one of the top 5 guys at his position over a consistent period of time.

Saying he's the 2nd best Jets player in history would be like saying that Tony Parker is the 2nd best SA Spur in history b/c he's the only one besides Duncan with a Finals MVP, or saying that Chauncy Billups is one of the top 2 Pistons ever b/c he won Finals MVP.

Sanders could have caught Maynard from behind, because Sanders could have caught ANYBODY EVER from behind - assuming he could make the tackle after doing so is another thing altogether.

Revis is the best lockdown CB right now, but I'd take Mel Renfro or Rod Woodson in their primes over Revis.

Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:12 pm

Don Maynard thinks he could have taken Revis

I would have loved to play against Darrelle Revis too.  Cool   But I am too old just like Don Maynard to prove it   Right Don??

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