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September 24, 2012
Revis respect: Moss has strong words for former adversary

BOARDMAN, OHIO -- There was a cease fire in the war of words between Randy Moss and Darrelle Revis on Monday. Instead Moss bombarded the Jets cornerback with praise. "I know that's a big blow to their organization," Moss said in reaction to the news that Revis, the Jets cornerback, would miss the season with an ACL tear.

"So hopefully he recovers well and comes back strong next year," Moss said. "Like I said, I've always been a big fan of Darrelle Revis. I've always put him in the upper echelon class of cornerbacks, if not the best cornerback in the league. Like I said, that's a big blow."

The matchup between Moss and Revis was a twice-a-year subplot when Moss played for the Patriots from 2007-2010, and the two reliably supplied spicy sound bites. Playing a word association game, Revis once said "slouch" when asked about Moss. After Moss had just four receptions for 24 yards in a Jets win in 2009, Moss shrugged and said Revis relied on help from his safeties to shut him down. In a meeting the following year, Moss had a sensational one-handed catch against Revis in the end zone (see below). Revis injured his hamstring on the play.

Moss and his 49ers teammates, however, showed genuine disappointment that Revis would not play in their Sunday contest in the Meadowlands and that there would be no rematch with him and Moss. In eight matchups against the Jets from 2007-10, Moss had 34 catches for 487 yards and five touchdowns.

"I've always been a fan of Darrelle Revis," Moss said Monday during a visit to a children's hospital in Boardman, Ohio, where the 49ers are staying this week. "I've always liked to compete against Darrelle Revis. And you know, that's a big blow to the Jets organization that he's out for the year."

Said tight end Vernon Davis, who leads the 49ers with four touchdown catches this year: "I always wanted to go against (Revis). I heard he was the best. I want to compete against the best."

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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