EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Well, those green and white Darrelle Revis jerseys are good for something, at least.
New York Jets fans expected to see Revis, largely considered the league's best cornerback over the past four seasons, to be with the franchise until he retired. But the Jets traded away Revis to Tampa Bay this past April, likely a shrewd move given that he could have opted out of his contract after this season.
He left behind plenty of unfulfilled expectations as the team twice made the AFC championship game during his seven years as a Jet but never made the Super Bowl. He also left behind plenty of disappointed fans with Revis jerseys. As the team's star player, he had one of the most common jerseys worn at MetLife Stadium.
Now that Revis is with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it becomes a challenge for Jets fans to wear his jersey to games. It is one thing to wear a retired player's jersey; it is another when that star player was traded away and left many fans with a sour taste in their collective mouth.
So two fans decided to turn their old Revis No. 24 jerseys into ones commemorating the home debut of safety Ed Reed, who was signed two weeks ago after he was cut by the Houston Texans. Reed now wears No. 22 for the Jets.
They forgot Revis fast...#24 jerseys become Ed Reed jerseys. pic.twitter.com/puNog9xmwh
— Kristian Dyer (@KristianRDyer) December 1, 2013
So "Revis" becomes "Reed" and the No. 24 easily changed to No. 22. What some tape, a marker and a little construction paper can do to a jersey.
This isn't an uncommon problem for the Jets, who have drafted relatively well over the past few years but have seen their young star players traded away or leave via free agency. Jets fans know all about fixing up jerseys with duct tape and some hand-written numbers.
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Kristian R. Dyer covers the Jets for Metro New York and also contributes to Yahoo Sports. He can be followed for news and random tweetingson Twitter @KristianRDyer