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Ty Law keeps door for return open

Posted by Albert Breer  October 4, 2010 04:58 PM

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"It was a great experience to spend that time, working and helping him on some little things he has to get better at with his game, and he doesn’t have an ego to where it’s like, ‘Whatever, I almost won Defensive Player of the Year,’" Law said. "Nah. He knows."

The two tried their best to simulate training camp -- Going with two-a-day practices and mixing boxing and extra conditioning in. Since Law once was the guy shadowing the best receiver, he knew to emphasize how important being in top shape was for a guy playing Revis' role, and so things were tailored to making that happen.

Law feels connected enough to Revis now where he feels as if the pain of leaving the game will be eased by being able to watch the new No. 24 play. That's why, in fact, when the two played together for the Jets in 2008, Law didn't even inquire about getting his number back.

"I live through him vicariously through him," Law said. "When he got that 24 on, I knew why he got it and that’s an honor, that he chose to do so. ... I wouldn’t (ask for it). If that was somebody else? You gotta turn that over. But not for him, because I knew a lot of it had to do with paying homage, so I’m like, ‘You know what? I’ll leave that alone.’ And to actually get to play with him? That’s the reason I went. Not only to go there with Eric (Mangini), but for two Aliquippa guys to be there on the corner at one time? That’s a dream come true.

'We’re representing for the whole community, and he took the torch and ran with it. He’s probably going to surpass everything that I’ve ever done in my career. As long as he play long enough and stay healthy and get some championships, man."

Knowing how prideful Law is, I asked how tough it was to concede that the next kid from his town to make it big could wind up surpassing his legacy. He flashed a slight grimace, then smiled.

"You gotta call a spade a spade," Law said. "When you look a guy and can say he’s got a chance to be the greatest, you have to say he’s on the right path. I feel like I can go toe-to-toe with anyone in my prime. But he’s special. He’s definitely special."

And so it seems like, for Law, if his career has run his course, he'll have plenty of opportunity to stay connected to the game.

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