Start the Hall of Fame clock: Darrelle Revis announces his retirement

Darrelle Revis’ peak was as good as any we’ve seen from a cornerback.

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“Revis Island” became one of the best nicknames in sports, and it was accurate. In his prime, Revis locked down many great receivers. The end came quickly though, and Revis officially announced his retirement Wednesday on Instagram.

With that, the five-year waiting period for the Pro Football Hall of Fame starts.

Revis was one of the greats

As a first-round pick of the New York Jets in 2007, he came in and made an immediate impact. By his second season, he made the first of his seven Pro Bowls.

For most of his career, Revis would shadow an opponent’s best receiver and usually took him out of the game. Revis made four All-Pro teams. He took a spot alongside Deion Sanders, Champ Bailey, Patrick Peterson and a few select others as one of the best cornerbacks of the past few decades.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - 2007: Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets poses for his 2007 NFL headshot at photo day in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 21: Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets breaks up a pass intended for Glenn Holt #16 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium October 21, 2007 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals beat the Jets 38-31. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 14: Cornerback Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets rallies his teammates prior to their NFL game against the Buffalo Bills on December 14, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Bills 31-27. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: NFL player Darrelle Revis arrives at the 2009 ESPY Awards held at Nokia Theatre LA Live on July 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The 17th annual ESPYs will air on Sunday, July 19 at 9PM ET on ESPN. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 20: Dwight Lowery #21 of the New York Jets celebrates with teammate Darrelle Revis #24 after a turnover against the New England Patriots at Giants Stadium on September 20, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 18: Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets reacts after being introduced to the crowd against the Buffalo Bills at Giants Stadium on October 18, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Bills defeated the Jets 16-13 in overtime. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Sportschrome/Getty Images)
29 November 2009: Jets' cornerback Darrelle Revis #24 runs back one of his two interceptions for a touchdown during a game between the New York Jets and the Carolina Panthers at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey as the New York Jets defeated the Carolina Panthers by the score 17-6. (Photo by Duncan Williams/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 29: Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets looks on against the Carolina Panthers at Giants Stadium on November 29, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Panthers 17-6. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Sportschrome/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19: Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets looks on against the New England Patriots during the game on September 19, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The Jets won 28-14. (Photo By Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images)
Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets works out at the Jets practice facility in October 7, 2010 in Florham Park, NJ. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)
New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) speaks to the media at the Jets practice facility on January 19, 2011 in Florham Park, NJ. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 23: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets in action against Vincent Jackson #83 of the San Diego Chargers on October 23, 2011 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Chargers 27-21. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 01: Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets looks on during a NFL game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Darrelle Revis, four-time Prol Bowl and two-time All-Pro cornerback for the New York Jets, attends the 33rd Annual Sidewalks Of New York Awards Dinner hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC at The Waldorf=Astoria on April 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 22: Newly acquired cornerback, Darrelle Revis of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throws out the ceremonial first pitch just before the start of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field on April 22, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 08: Darrelle Revis #24 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in action against the New York Jets on September 8, 2013 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Buccaneers 18-17. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - MAY 30: New England Patriots player (#24) Darrelle Revis talks with media after practice. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 22: Darrelle Revis #24 of the New England Patriots keeps his eyes on Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers iin the first quarter at Gillette Stadium on August 22, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 26: Darrelle Revis #24 of the New England Patriots reacts during the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at Gillette Stadium on October 26, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Darrelle Revis #24 of the New England Patriots celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to win Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 13: Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the start of the preseason game against the Detroit Lions on August 13, 2015 at Ford Field Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Jets 23-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 27: Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets looks on before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on September 27, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: (L-R) New York Jets football player, Darrelle Revis, actress Brooke Shields and television personality, Kevin O'Leary attend the the kick off of Art New York and CONTEXT for 2016 New York Art Week at Pier 94 on May 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets in action against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 11, 2016 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Bengals defeated the Jets 23-22. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets reacts before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Darrelle Revis attends the 23rd Annual Black Tie & Sneakers Gala Benefiting The Arthur Ashe Institute For Urban Health at the Grand Hyatt on October 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 03: Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Darrelle Revis (24) during the first quarter of the National Football League game between the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs on December 3, 2017, at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 24: Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Darrelle Revis (24) on the sidelines in the third quarter of a week 16 NFL game between the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs on December 24, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. The Chiefs won 29-13. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Success with many teams

Revis didn’t end up as a lifelong Jet. He was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he spent the 2013 season. He made a Pro Bowl there. The Buccaneers moved on, and the New England Patriots pounced. The Patriots added him as a free agent on what was structured to be a one-year deal. That season, he was part of a Super Bowl championship team. He made another Pro Bowl, and was named first-team All-Pro.

Revis then went back to the Jets. He made one more Pro Bowl. But there were signs of decline early in his second Jets stint.

A strange finish

Revis signed a five-year, $70 million deal to return to the Jets. One of his legacies was as a master negotiator, who ended up signing deals that added up to well over $200 million in his career. But after a poor 2016 season, he wasn’t the same player and the Jets cut him.

Revis was unsigned most of last season, before hooking on with the Chiefs in midseason. He played five games with the Chiefs, and then was released. For a great career, it was an unusual way to end it. But until the end, Revis maximized his earning ability.

Ultimately, Revis’ legacy will be as a four-time All-Pro, Super Bowl champion and one of the best cornerbacks of his era. And, at some point, his legacy will include a spot in Canton.

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