Ty Law has had a closer look than most at Darrelle Revis' development into one of the best corners in the NFL. Both are from Aliquippa, Penn. and Law took Revis under his wing well before Revis even could have had the idea that he would one day become one of the game's most feared players.
"He's the best defensive back in the game, it's amazing," Law said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday. "I seen this kid playing Pop Warner, and he was special then. But to see what he's been able to accomplish right now . . ."
That's high praise coming from Law, who was one of the best corners in football during his 10-year career with the Patriots. On Wednesday morning, it was announced that he had been selected as a finalist for induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2014.
While he had time to answer questions about the honor he received, Law was equally happy to gush about the abilities Revis will being to the Patriots next season.
Compared to the skill set brought to the table by former Pats corner Aqib Talib, Law said what separates Revis is his competitive drive. Specifically, Law said Revis prides himself on being a key player in crunch time -- something Talib was not able to do in each of the last two AFC title games because of injury.
"No disrespect to Aqib Talib, who is a great cornerback in his self, but Darrelle is a special talent," Law said. "You're getting a person that's not afraid to step on the line at the end of the game. Darrelle he wants to be in that position of covering the top guy week in and week out, day in and day out."
If that's not enough of an endorsement, consider the following comment from Law. Just as a refresher, he played with Tom Brady, Tedi Bruschi, Troy Brown and a host of other Super Bowl champions. He played under Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells.
Still: "I've never seen anyone as competitive as Darrelle Revis," Law said, "and that's the honest truth."