Background and college career
Born July 14, 1985, in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania Revis went to Aliquippa High School (the same school as teammate Ty Law. In the PIAA Class AA State Championship football game, he led Aliquippa to a come-from-behind 32-27 win over Northern Lehigh by scoring 5 touchdowns including 3 rushing touchdowns, a punt return, and the return of a blocked Northern Lehigh field goal attempt. He also completed a 39 yard pass, had a reception, and an interception in the game. In his junior and senior years of high school, he led Aliquippa to WPIAL basketball championships, leading the team in scoring both years, culminating with a 25.2 PPG average his senior season.
Revis went to the University of Pittsburgh and earned first-team Freshman All-America honors his 2004 freshman campaign. Revis played all 12 games, and started 11 of those 12. Revis tied for fifth on the team with 49 tackles, tied for team lead with 12 broken-up passes, and second on the team with 14 defended passes. Revis also totaled two interceptions. The most important of the two interceptions was against the West Virginia Mountaineers, when he intercepted a late pass that set up the Panthers' game-winning drive. Revis also totaled a career-high seven tackles against Boston College. With Pitt leading 17-10, the Boston College Eagles elected to go for it late in the fourth on fourth-and-goal. The pass got to the one yard line, but Revis hit the receiver and stopped him from getting the score. Revis' sophomore season in 2005 was another excellent campaign. Revis earned first-team All-Big East at cornerback. Revis led the Panthers with four interceptions and was second-team with 13 defended passes. Revis was ranked second in the Big East with two recovered fumbles. Revis had a 79-yard punt return for a score against the University of Cincinnati and blocked a field goal against UConn which was returned for the score. Revis also had an interception and totaled 119 punt return yards against Rutgers. Revis' final year at Pitt, his 2006 junior campaign, was where he established himself on the national stage. He was a candidate for Jim Thorpe Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy at the end of the season. Revis recored interceptions against the University of Virginia and Cincinnati, which were both taken back for touchdowns. Revis' year was highlighted with a 73-yard punt return against the Mountaineers, which contained a key block. The Panthers lost the game 45-27.
As a Jet
Revis announced he would forego his senior year at Pitt to enter the 2007 NFL Draft. He was drafted by the Jets in the first round via a draft day trade with the Carolina Panthers, and was the 14th pick overall. However, Revis and the Jets could not agree on contract terms. Revis ended up missing 21 days of training camp and 23 practice sessions, before finally agreeing to a six year deal in mid-August 2007. It had been the longest holdout by a Jet since Keyshawn Johnson missed 24 days before his contract was sorted in 1996.
In his first game against the New England Patriots, Revis recorded 7 tackles and held Wes Welker to 6 catches for just 61 yards in the 38-14 loss. He recorded the first interception of his career against the division-rival Buffalo Bills during their week 8 matchup. Revis would show great progression throughout the season, remaining as the Jets' solid starter and one of their best defensive players. Starting at 16 games, Revis ended his rookie season with 87 total tackles. one sack, one forced fumble and 3 interceptions. As the starting cornerback for the Jets in 2008, Revis established himself as a cornerback . Revis had an impressive performance against the Arizona Cardinals and their vaunted passing duo of wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald during week 4, nabbing two interceptions in the game, jogging one back 32 yards for his first NFL touchdown. Revis was also named to his first Pro Bowl.