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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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Comments

Since: Apr 3, 2010
Posted on: June 10, 2011 10:09 am
 

Don Maynard thinks he could have taken Revis

Im a Jets fan but Im too young to have seen Maynard play...in my mind he's a Jets hall of famer and legend..everything Ive heard about the way he played was positive..but Darrelle Revis might go down as one of the best shutdown CB's in NFL history.

He has shutdown every big name WR in the game today with what looks like ease. I respect Don Maynard as a Jet great but dude keep it quiet...#24 could prob shut ya down with his eyes closed.



Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2011 9:25 am
 

Don Maynard thinks he could have taken Revis

I love it!  No. 13 talking smack.  I loved that team to death!



Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: June 10, 2011 8:43 am
 

Don Maynard thinks he could have taken Revis

Maynard had great hands and always seemed to find a way to get open. Some guys just have that ability without having great strength, size, or speed.  Steve Largent was another more recent than Maynard.  I'm not saying these guys weren't great athletes, but there were guys better physically that weren't nearly as good. As for Namath being overrated - perhaps. But to simply look back at stats and say that is wrong. He was a leader and exuded confidence, which he passed on to his players. There is more to being a QB than stats. He did lead the Jets to what is still the greatest upset in NFL history. Although I must say, as well as Earl Morrall played that year in relief of an injured John Unitas, had Unitas been healthy and plyed that entire game, I doubt the Jets would have won. Unitas was the best. Still.



Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2011 7:32 am
 

Don Maynard thinks he could have taken Revis

I live in Seattle, but have XM radio.....Have 3 TVs with games on....But we Love Joe Namath trashed calling Bama Games!!!



Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2011 7:20 am
 

Don Maynard thinks he could have taken Revis

That's a roger good buddy and great post!!!! I was a kid when "Broadway Joe" was the man and all my daddy said was he was most definitely overrated.  With the exception of being the first to pass for 4,000 yards and beating the highly vaunted Colts, his stat's are marginal and like you said, average at best.  Heck, his W-L-T is 62-63-4 barely .500 football. 




Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2011 6:34 am
 

Don Maynard thinks he could have taken Revis

Maynard catching the same Juice Namath is Drinking....Namath is so Drunk when he calls Alabama games, it's sooo funny!!!



Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2011 5:15 am
 

Don Maynard thinks he could have taken Revis

Maynard was a great player, but he wouldn't have been so great if he didn't believe he could take any guy on any given day.  What did you expect him to answer?  He was respectful, but proud, so cut him a little slack.



Since: Jan 24, 2010
Posted on: June 10, 2011 3:52 am
 

Don Maynard thinks he could have taken Revis

With a handicap of how much you said?



Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2011 3:10 am
 

Don Maynard thinks he could have taken Revis

So..... you're comparing two guys with no rings to a guy who is partially responsible for arguably the biggest upset in nfl history? And these two said players also played in an era where the pass was used a lot more than the run... makes sense.



Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: June 10, 2011 2:19 am
 

Don Maynard thinks he could have taken Revis

Namath=most overrated QB EVER!!!  Guys stats are average at best. Kerry Collins is probably better than Namath.  Heck Daunte Culpepper is probably better than Namath.


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