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Darrelle Revis Invited Entire Aliquippa Football High School to Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony



The accomplishments of Darrelle Revis and his 11-year NFL year have been well chronicled over the years.

On Saturday, his seven Pro Bowls and four All-Pro selections were recognized with his induction into the NFL Hall of Fame.

The part of Revis’ career that didn’t get as much notoriety as his on the field accomplishments was what he did for the Aliquippa community and how he never forgot where he was from.

Yet another example of that was an act of kindness that Revis showed to the 2023 Aliquippa football team.

Revis arranged for the Aliquippa High School football team to take a charter bus to Canton, Ohio to be there in-person for his induction ceremony and speech. Not only were the Quip players there, he had them seated near the front row so they’d be able to take the day in.

One of the players in attendance was senior defensive back Brandon Banks, who recently committed to play at Yale.

“It was such a great moment because in 2019, we went there to watch Ty Law,” said Banks. “For us to be able to go back again to experience something like that again, it’s something memorable for our team. It’s meaningful because it shows us that if we work hard and are dedicated, that we can maybe be there one day.”

“We loaded up and got on the bus at 10 AM. Once we arrived, we walked around for a little bit, because there’s a lot to do there. Once we got in, we sat down and he got us great tickets, we were on the floor. Then we got something to eat and a few of us stayed for his celebration party.”

That party was another memorable experience because as you imagine, they were in the presence of some pretty famous people.

Courtesy Brandon Banks

”We got to meet some legends like Calvin Johnson ‘Megatron’, Tony Dorsett, Ty Law, Tim Brown and others. That was so great because whenever we all saw Megatron, it was like, we used to watch him ‘Moss’ defensive backs every game and now we were in the same room with him. It was crazy.”

People always ask about the Aliquippa football program and why year in and year out, they’re successful and win championships.

Aside from the obvious answer of them being talented, a big part is the family culture that the entire community shares. People in that community stick together and it doesn’t matter what era you’re from, once a Quip, always a Quip.

”Nobody works as hard as we do,” said Banks. “We put in work that nobody knows about. People wonder why we’re so good, it’s simple, we work hard. We don’t like or accept losing.”

With examples like Revis and other Aliquippa legends, the Aliquippa athletes have great role models to follow and players to emulate.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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