Revis thinks that Goldson is the best safety in the game today and calls Goldson Batman and himself Robinhttp://www.timesonline.com/sports/steelers/relaxed-revis-camps-in-aliquippa-on-way-to-tampa/article_54b74048-cbba-5495-af7f-d1e48c5c8f73.html
ALIQUIPPA – From the rehabilitation of the torn ACL he suffered on a hit to his knee last fall to the high-profile trade that sent him from New York to Tampa, Darrelle Revis’ off-season would seem to be anything but relaxing.
But that’s how he appeared Thursday morning on the familiar grass field of Carl A. Aschman Stadium in Aliquippa. Quick with a smile and a laugh, Revis chatted up campers, volunteers, family and friends who were around for the second year of his free Skills and Drills Clinic.
The event is sponsored by the Revis Island Foundation and run by ProCamps, and it includes two days of drills for youth football players as well as a celebrity basketball game today at Aliquippa High School.
“I had a lot of football minds around me, but I would just ask them questions,” Revis said. “I didn’t have a camp like this where I could go to and learn from a variety of people.”
The learning never stops. In the prime of his NFL career, Revis is still taking in new experiences on and off the football field. The latest experience involved the first trade of his career, which he’s now embraced after initially being caught off guard about the possibility of leaving New York.
“Going to Tampa is great. I look at it as a new chapter in my football career,” Revis said. “The organization’s great. It’s real laid back down there. It’s not a lot of pressure as it is in New York.”
Players are often told of the challenge of playing in New York, but there’s nothing quite like experiencing it firsthand. Revis flourished with the Jets, with four straight Pro Bowl selections, but he acknowledged the intense atmosphere can be very unique.
“It can be tough. I got drafted as a junior and I didn’t know anything about New York or about the media, coming from being born here and going to the University of Pittsburgh. It’s a different market,” Revis said. “I accepted it. I just wanted to play football.
“The next thing you know you’re a celebrity, and it’s like, ‘OK … I just play football,” Revis added with a laugh. “You’ve got to be mature about it.”
Revis is looking ahead now. He’s eager to get the rehab process for his knee completely behind him, and he still has notes on the rest of the NFC South from when the Jets played the conference in 2009. Plus, Tampa’s signing of All-Pro safety Dashon Goldson has Revis excited for his return to the football field.
“He is the best safety in the league, as of today. And I’m saying that boldly,” Revis said, a wide smile on his face. “No knock on Troy (Polamalu) and all of those guys, but he’s the best, and he’s only in his eighth year, which is awesome. He’s Batman. I’m Robin.”
If Tampa’s new dynamic duo wants to bring home a championship, a confident, relaxed and healthy Revis is a good first step.