Antonio Cromartie
Free agentNo. --
Date of Birth: April 15 1984 (1984-04-15) (age 34)
Place of Birth: Tallahassee, Florida
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)Weight: 209 lb (95 kg)
National Football League debut
2006 for the San Diego Chargers
Career Highlights and Awards
  • Longest play in NFL history (109 yard missed field goal returned for a defensive touchdown)
Career History
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19
Career stats to date
Stats at

Antonio Cromartie (born April 15, 1984 in Tallahassee, Florida) is an American football cornerback for the San Diego Chargers in the National Football League (NFL). He was involved in the longest play in NFL history, when on November 4, 2007, he returned a missed Minnesota Vikings field goal attempt for a total official measurement of 109 and 7/8 yards ending with a touchdown. [1]

Early years Edit

Cromartie was a do-everything player at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Florida. Throughout his senior season, Cromartie accrued 53 tackles and 6 interceptions, returned 3 punts and 2 kicks for TDs, had 642 yards and 6 touchdowns on 30 catches and ran the ball 13 times for 242 yards and 3 touchdowns. This was all enough to earn Cromartie 2002 USA Today defensive player of the year. Cromartie was also a standout in track and placed 3rd in the 110m hurdles and as a member of the 4x100 m relay team at the Class 4A state track meet.[2]

College career Edit

Cromartie decided to stay close to home and committed to playing college football at Florida State. After flashing playmaking potential as a nickel back his first two years, Cromartie tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee July, 2005 during voluntary workouts before his junior year and was forced to miss the entire season.[3]

NFL career Edit

2006 NFL Draft Edit

Despite being removed from competitive football for an entire year, Cromartie was still selected as the 19th overall pick of the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Chargers based on his great potential. After not being able to show much at the NFL Combine, on March, 16, 2006, just 8 months after surgery to repair his torn ACL, Cromartie performed at his pro day in 2006 for scouts.[4]

Pre-draft measureables
Weight 40 yd 20 ss 3-cone Vert BP Wonderlic
208 lb (94 kg) 4.49s* 3.89s 7.02s 42 in (106.7 cm) 18*[5] X
(* represents NFL Combine)

San Diego Chargers Edit

On July 25, 2006 NFL Season, Cromartie signed a 5-year $12.75 million deal with the Chargers.

In his first season with the Chargers, Cromartie saw action at cornerback and on special teams. He showed flashes of his athletic ability on defense, while at times also showing that he was an inexperienced rookie. Towards the end of the season, Cromartie handled some punt and kickoff return duties. In a game against the Oakland Raiders, Cromartie returned a kickoff for 91 yards, the longest return for the team since 2001.

Cromartie wore jersey #25 his rookie season but has since switched to #31 as a Charger for his sophomore year, the reverse of #13, the jersey he wore at Florida State University. In a video interview during the 2007 offseason, Cromartie claimed he was the fastest player on the Chargers. In his opinion Cletis Gordon was the 2nd fastest player.[6]

On October 28th, 2007, in what was undoubtedly his greatest game as a Charger to date, Antonio Cromartie had 2 interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, 91 total interception return yards, and a fumble recovery for another touchdown while playing against the Houston Texans. He was subsequently nominated for the AFC Defensive Player of the Week award.

The following week, Cromartie returned a missed Minnesota Vikings field goal attempt 109 yards for a touchdown at The Metrodome, setting a record for the longest play in NFL history. In that same game, Vikings rookie running back Adrian Peterson broke the single game rushing record with 296 yards.

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