Pitt DB Darrell Revis Up for HOF

Revis, who also came out in the 2007 draft, moved around much more, spending time with the Jets, Tampa Bay, New England and Kansas City.

His best stretch came in New York where he was a first-team All-Pro from 2009-11 and finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting in 2009 when he repeatedly shut down top receivers by sending them to “Revis Island.”

Revis spent one year in New England, helping the Patriots win the Super Bowl in the 2014 season.

“If They Don’t Care…”

Editor’s Note: Very busy but this article was sent to me by a reader and I want to share it – because I agree 100%. I’ve stated my case on the subject when QB Kenny Pickett turned his back on his “We not Me” teammates and thus shot down Pitt’s real chance at a 12 win season last year. Which, BTW, would have been the first 12 win season we have had since the 1976 National Championship.

Gee – wonder what would have happened if Tony Dorsett was afraid of injury and sat that game out? I mean really, did we need his 202 rushing yards and his TD?

Following is an article published on Dec 23rd and here is the link to read it at the Gazette website. It was written by the PG’s Paul Zeise who, in my opinion, the the only straight shooting writer covering Pitt football. His views are sometimes controversial but I find him uncannily accurate.

So, let me get this straight…

Pitt is going to El Paso next week to play in the Sun Bowl without its starting quarterback, running back, at least two offensive linemen, three defensive linemen (including one who is an All American), its best linebacker and its best safety?

Does that about sum it up? Do I have this right?

There are nine players who are either transferring or opting out of Pitt’s Sun Bowl game, and I’m told there may even be one or two more. They are all getting ready for the NFL draft or going to play somewhere else, and most of them are the best players on the team — you know, the ones that people most want to see play.

Last week, in some bowl at Fenway Park, neither team had their head coach because both had left for some other job. In fact, the coach of the one team actually left to coach the other team, so that made for some awkward moments I am sure.

Jordan Addison, the former Pitt star turned USC star, was paid $3 million and some change (if you believe reports) to play at USC. Of course, that deal apparently didn’t include playing in the Cotton Bowl because he opted out, as well.

Hey, the good news is James Franklin is boasting his team is mostly intact, and they are! Well, that is if you overlook the fact their best defensive player, Joey Porter Jr., is opting out of the Rose Bowl.

I was reading about one game where it is basically two teams playing their third-string quarterbacks. There are games involving skeleton coaching staffs working for interim head coaches, game involving teams whose best players are already on to their next schools …

Enough is enough.

At some point, I have to ask this very pointed question about all these bowl games:

If these people, coaches and players who are supposedly being rewarded for a good season, don’t care enough about these things to take them seriously and participate in them, why the hell should anyone else?

Why should we care if they don’t care?

Why should we watch them if they are such an afterthought that it has become perfectly acceptable for coaches and players to skip them?

If these games have basically become either glorified exhibitions or early spring games, there is no reason to watch them or care about them.

And I am quite sure the people that run these bowls didn’t sign up to spend millions to host “next year’s” teams. It is absurd, and it is not sustainable.

Spare me the lectures about how all of these players who are opting out are “taking care of themselves” and “protecting their future,” as well. 

For one thing, let’s stop with all of this hyperbole about “career-ending injuries” because it is the ultimate example of a bogeyman. These types of career-ending injuries are so incredibly rare it is laughable that they are used as justification for players sitting out of bowl games.

And even the few times a major injury has happened to draftable players, they haven’t been career-ending. The two most gruesome examples of bowl-game injuries I can think of were to Miami’s Willis McGahee and Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith.

McGahee was still a first-round pick. Smith was still a second-round pick. Both ended up earning north of $30 million in their careers. And they had far more complex and dangerous injuries than the overwhelming majority of players.

One could argue both could have earned more without their injuries, but considering both had careers that lasted five years or longer, that is a hard argument to make. And more importantly, if “career-ending” means “can still earn $30 million or more,” sign me up for career-ending.

If a player is a first-round draft choice or projected to be a high second-round draft choice, it makes sense to use some caution and sit out the bowl game. If a player isn’t projected to be a high second or better pick, it is dumb for them to sit out because they should want as much film as possible out there on them.

And the other thing that makes all of this stuff about “players need to protect themselves from major injuries in the bowl games” seem like nonsense is the teams that are in the playoff games don’t have anyone opting out.

So, if it really is about “taking care of myself” and avoiding the incredible danger and risk of playing an extra game, why aren’t the best players from the four playoff teams all opting out?

I mean, are we to believe the playoff games are safer for players than non-playoff games? Is there some sort of magical formula and magical dust that ensures all of those first-round picks from Georgia and Ohio State will be safe?

There isn’t, and yet, those guys are still playing the game.

But let’s not let coaches off the hook, either, a group constantly preaching about loyalty and finishing what you started. They are all asking players to be all in and sacrifice and be committed and all that stuff all season long.

And, then, at the end of the year, they take another job and jump ship before the season is actually over. If that is the case, what the heck is the hurry for these guys to ditch their teams to take their new jobs?

I have no issue with coaches taking another job; that’s part of the profession. This is America. Go get your job and presumably your pay raise. The idea coaches shouldn’t take other jobs is stupid, especially when they can be fired on any day by an administrator who wants a different direction.

I do have an issue, however, with this accepted practice that coaches leave before the bowl game and leave their teams to prepare with a skeleton staff. Coaches could recruit on the phone at night. They could hire some of their new staff from the phone at night, and they could handle their business administratively via this thing called the internet, as well.

There is no reason they should leave before the last game, and the last game, by the way, is the bowl game.

It is all a part of the stupidity that is passed off as “modern-day college athletics,” and the worst part is we are just supposed to accept it all — players opting out, players transferring before the bowl game, coaches leaving before the bowl game, outrageous NIL sums being offered to players by one school even though they are playing for a different school — as standard operating procedure.

It is all so absurd. 

Again, players and coaches have to do what is best for them. This is America, and I will never begrudge them for doing what is best for them.

Just please stop insulting my intelligence by telling me I’m supposed to care about these bowl games and I’m supposed to not view them as a total farce. If the people they are supposed to be a reward for can’t be bothered to care, none of us should, either.

Paul Zeise: pzeise@post-gazette.com or Twitter: @paulzeise

First Published December 23, 2022, 5:30am

The Greatest Gift

We can probably all remember what we would consider the ‘Greatest Gift’ we ever received.  Maybe it was a childhood toy you really wanted, or as a teenage getting a car or perhaps a scholarship to college. Maybe it was when someone you really cared about finally said to you “I love you”. But it was surely something that most probably changed your life.

We humans tend to best remember things given in a joyful sprit, but truthfully, not all gifts have a sense joy attached to them. Allow me to tell you about the greatest gift our Kohberger family has ever received.

As most of you know our son, Chance Reed Kohberger, contacted cancer in the latter part of 2021 and passed away on February 11th of this year. His was small cell cancer which is fast spreading (three and a half months) and horribly brutal on the body. When he was told he was in the terminal stage he asked to come home and live his last weeks with us on “the couch where I watched TV with you guys as a child

While other families might have wished for some sort of miracle to heal him after he was terminal; we all knew that was never going to happen. Instead, we four turned to face reality head on as a family and so shared our thoughts and memories, both good and bad, freely with each other.

Some of those conversations were tough to hear because at that stage Chance wasn’t pulling any punches to get what he felt he needed to say across. But for every hard truth he told there were many, many memories he shared that made us laugh and cry and feel thankful for every single day we had together.

Even while knowing he wasn’t going to survive his illness he had a most wicked sense of humor – and that alone made things easier all around.  Were his jokes and jibes small gifts given at a late stage from him to us? Yes, and we loved every single second we had while listening to him.

Chance’s illness spread so quickly and so dramatically that if you weren’t his close family and saw him at the end of his illness you wouldn’t have recognized him. His weight went from 180 lbs. to just over 80. His skin changed color, hurt so much and was so tightly drawn that the only place we could touch and kiss him was on his forehead. He couldn’t even wear clothes at the end because of the pain. It was that bad.

Even with all that the Greatest Gift I’ve received in my lifetime, and I believe I can speak for his mother Raejean and sister Pauli, was his final offering to us. After he rallied to sign his Will and Power of Attorney and address other legal issues, he knew that his responsibilities to others was over. He then could look forward. That may sound strange as ill as he was, but let me tell you why he felt that way.

When he knew he could let go of life he turned to me one evening and said “I love you both so much and I’m not going to put you through this any longer”.

With that said, and four days before he died, he turned his back to the room on the couch and did not talk, eat, drink or take his pain pills any longer. He knew exactly what he was doing and that was speeding up the end so that we wouldn’t suffer seeing him like that any longer. He was that strong to do that final thing for us.

Many give the gift of life to others; Doctors, First Responders and Mothers who have born children to name a few. But the greatest gift I have ever received was given by the bravest and most caring person I have ever known, and that was Chance’s earliest death possible – which was his alone to give.

When he drew his last breath we were with him and knew exactly what happened. Raejean and I put him in the hospital bed in the dining room (which he refused to be in before) and Raejean washed him from head to toe while singing Hawai’ian songs over him in her wonderful voice, then we dressed him in his favorite clothes. After that we called his sister, brother-in-law and girl friend over to our home and we all had a beautiful and loving breakfast together with Chance in the other room. We talked stories and laughed and cried but we knew that was what he would have wanted to happen at that time.

Why am I writing all this at this holiday season? First so that I always keep his amazing strength and kindness in the forefront of my memory, and it helps to remind me of his strength and love of Christmas. But also to let you all know that gifts can come in any size, shape, or meanings and Chance was the best gift giver I’ve known. He always seemed to know exactly what you wanted, or in this case needed, without being told.

And his final gift to us was just that. Something we would never have asked for but was just what we needed to turn to the living once again.

I thank him every day for that gift and when I really miss him I look to the sky and say ‘I love you my son’ out loud. We all believe that regardless of wherever he is or will be, he’ll always have a safe and loving home in our hearts and will be in our thoughts forever.

So I say thank you again for everything, son.  We’ll take our time with it, but I know we’ll all be together again someday…

P/S: One request from Chance was for me to take some of his estate money, and without telling his mom, buy all new kitchen appliances. When I told him how generous that was he said ‘Dad, my best and fondest memories is of the food mom cooked for us and how wonderful it tasted.” After the appliances were ordered and installed, I told Raejean what Chance had wanted her to have and why.  Again, just another wonderful and perfect gift from him to his mom.

Happy Holidays to all and please have a good and safe New Year. Hold your family dear and know that everyone of us have strengths that are not always apparent, but do brightly shine when necessary.

Reed Kohberger