Onze saisons, quatre équipes, 31 interceptions en saison en régulière et désormais la retraite. Ce lundi, Antonio Cromartie a annoncé sur Instagram qu’il se retire des terrains NFL.
Âgé de 33 ans, le cornerback n’a pas joué la saison dernière. Lui et sa femme ont avancé l’hypothèse qu’il n’a pas été signé car il a mis un genou au sol pendant l’hymne. Cela ne l’a peut-être pas aidé. Mais son niveau avait aussi baissé.
« Aujourd’hui est le jour auquel je savais qu’il faudrait faire face à un moment, mais que je ne voulais pas accepter. Après 27 ans à jouer au football, aujourd’hui je dis au-revoir », annonce-t-il avant les remerciements d’usage.
Sélectionné au premier tour, en dix-neuvième position, par les Chargers en 2006, auteur de 10 interceptions lors de sa seconde saison, Cromartie a longtemps été un des meilleurs de la ligue a son poste.
Il a aussi pas mal amusé avec son incapacité à nommer tous ses enfants lors de son apparition dans Hard Knocks.
Today is the day I️ knew I️ would eventually have to face, but one I never wanted to accept. After 27 years of playing football, today I say farewell. God blessed me with the opportunity to play in the NFL for 11 years, and after much consideration and prayer, I’d like to officially announce my retirement. Throughout my career so many people have helped strengthen and guide me. I’d love to send my sincere thanks to my Coaching Staff, Trainers, Chaplains and Fellow Teammates. To my agents Gary Wichard (Rest Easy G), and Ben Dorga, thank you for not only guiding me throughout my career, but also for making me feel like family and not a client. To The San Diego Chargers and the Spanos Family, thank you for believing in me. Thank you for taking a chance on a young kid from Tallahassee, Florida who did not play much in college. You believed in my ability and my potential to play at a professional level, and I️ will forever be grateful. To all the Charger Fans; thank you for your love, your support and never giving up on me throughout my career. To my "Bird Gang Family, “The Arizona Cardinals” and the Bidwell Family; although my time with you was short, I️ enjoyed my year there and I loved the opportunity you gave me. It was an honor to play for such a great organization. To my J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS, The Best NFL Team in New York, The Jets Organization. You became my home and my family. I grew as a player, a man, and as a leader. The brotherhood I️ built here was undeniable. My heart will forever embrace the feeling of running through the tunnel and out onto the field with my brothers. My family and I will forever Bleed Green. JETUP, JET NATION. To my lovely wife Terricka, thank you for your support through the ups and downs of my career. You were always there to encourage me, and push me. Because of you I became a better player, and a man. I thank God, for a praying wife for I know it was your prayers that sustained me, and protected me while I was on the field. As we take on this next chapter of our lives, I will hold onto your words.. “Football is your Platform Antonio; It’s Not Your Purpose”. The Time has Come for me to Focus on my Purpose. God Bless