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Darrelle Revis announced as WPIAL Hall of Fame inductee

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Former Pitt cornerback Darrelle Revis was honored on Tuesday as an inductee into the WPIAL Hall of Fame for his contributions at Aliquippa High School, according to a WPIAL press release. Revis played defensive back and running back among other positions for the Quips football team between 2001 and 2003. Revis was one of eight former WPIAL athletes honored in what was intended to be the 2020 class. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the WPIAL has delayed the induction ceremony for this year’s class until May 2021.

Some of Revis’ greatest accomplishments with the Quips came in 2003, when he led the football team to a 14-1 record and a state title. In Pennsylvania’s Class AA state title game, Revis had five touchdowns, running for three, returning a punt 89 yards for another and returning a blocked field goal 69 yards for another. Aliquippa would go on to defeat Northern Lehigh 32-27. Revis totaled 1,637 yards for the Quips in 2003 and was named the Class AA Football Player of the Year.

However, while Revis was best known for his prowess on the gridiron, he was also a multi-sport star who took part in basketball and track at Aliquippa. In fact, two days after leading the Quips to the 2003 state title, Revis led Aliquippa to an 86-82 win over rival Beaver Falls on the hardwood, contributing 35 points. Revis was also a WPIAL gold medalist with Aliquippa’s 400-meter relay team.

Revis would go on to play for Pitt between 2004 and 2006. During his three-year career with the Panthers, he earned first-team All-Big East honors in 2005 and 2006. At Pitt, Revis recorded 80 tackles and eight interceptions, including two pick sixes. He was also a formidable return man, and his 73-yard punt return touchdown in the 2006 Backyard Brawl was named the College Football Play of the Year by ESPN. Revis’ college career came to a close in 2007, when he was selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the New York Jets.

The Aliquippa native would become a four-time first-team All-Pro, a seven-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl champion before his retirement in 2018. His most recent honor came earlier this month, as he was one of 53 NFL greats named to the NFL 2010s All-Decade Team. Revis was honored on the team along with fellow Pitt alums Aaron Donald, Larry Fitzgerald and LeSean McCoy. Given his resume, Revis is widely regarded as a lock for enshrinement in the NFL Hall of Fame, and now, his place in local lore is secure too.