Antonio Cromartie is a cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals. He previously played for the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets and has been named to three Pro Bowl teams during his eight seasons in the NFL.
Cromartie was born in Tallahassee, FL on April 15, 1984 and started on both sides of the football at Lincoln High School. As a senior, he made 12 tackles and two interceptions as a cornerback, returned three punts and two kickoffs for touchdowns as a return specialist, and accumulated nearly 700 all-purpose yards as a running back and receiver. His versatility helped him become the 2002 USA Today Defensive Player of the Year, and he signed a letter of intent to play football and run track at Florida State University.
Florida State University
As a freshman at Florida State, Cromartie appeared in 13 games, returning his only interception 71 yards for a touchdown. He saw increased playing time as a sophomore and upped his interception total to four for the Seminoles. The team planned on trying him as a wide receiver during his junior season, but he suffered a torn ACL during off-season workouts and ended up missing the entire season. Rather than return to Florida State, he decided to enter the 2006 NFL Draft.
San Diego Chargers
Even though he had not played organized football for an entire season, the San Diego Chargers selected Cromartie with the 19th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. He saw action as a nickel corner during his rookie season and also returned kicks for the Chargers. He then set a franchise record by snagging 10 interceptions during the 2007 season, earning All-Pro and Pro Bowl recognition. After a subpar 2008 season, he announced that he had played the entire season with a broken hip.
New York Jets
Only two years removed from his 10 interception season, the Chargers parted ways with Cromartie on March 4, 2010 and traded him to the New York Jets for a second-round draft choice. After making three interceptions in his first season in New York, the team re-signed him to a four-year, $32 million contract on August 1, 2011. He made the Pro Bowl in 2012 and 2013 as a member of the Jets.
The Jets released Cromartie following the 2013 season and he agreed to terms with the Arizona Cardinals on a one-year contract on March 20, 2014.
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