Antonio Cromartie anuncia aposentadoria após 11 temporadas na NFL

Antonio Cromartie, ex-cornerback da NFL

(Crédito: Twitter/reprodução)

O cornerback Antonio Cromartie anunciou sua aposentadoria do futebol americano profissional nesta segunda-feira (5), após 11 temporadas dedicadas à National Football League.

O defensive back fez o anúncio em uma publicação no Instagram, na qual agradeceu o San Diego Chargers (atual Los Angeles Chargers), o New York Jets e o Arizona Cardinals pelas oportunidades na liga.

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

Uma publicação compartilhada por Antonio Cromartie (@antoniocromartie31) em

O ex-cornerback também agradeceu à sua esposa Terricka, escrevendo que ele sempre vai se lembrar das palavras dela: “o futebol americano é sua plataforma, Antonio, não é o seu propósito”.

Agora, Cromartie segue com sua vida pós-NFL.

Atualmente com 33 anos de idade, Antonio Cromartie não atuou na temporada 2017 da NFL, depois de ser dispensado pelo Indianapolis Colts no dia 4 de outubro de 2016.

Selecionado na primeira rodada do draft de 2006 pelos Chargers, com a 19ª escolha geral, Cromartie defendeu a franquia californiana até 2009, posteriormente passando por Jets (2010 a 2013 e 2014), Cardinals (2014) e Colts (2016).

Em 162 jogos de temporadas regulares disputados em sua carreira na NFL, o cornerback somou 31 interceptações (três retornadas para touchdown), 116 passes desviados, 417 tackles combinados e dois fumbles forçados.

Antonio Cromartie foi quatro vezes selecionado para o Pro Bowl durante sua carreira profissional.


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