Broncos' Rodgers-Cromartie might retire at age 27

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 27, 2014 at 5:30 pm •  Published: January 27, 2014
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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is 27 years old, right in his prime as an NFL player.

Perfect time to retire.

The Denver Broncos cornerback said Monday he's giving serious consideration to hanging it up after the Super Bowl. He's not burned out, not worried about his health.

He just figures he's had a good run.

"I had a goal of playing 5 years, and I reached that," Rodgers-Cromartie said.

He's completed six seasons in the NFL, in fact, and could be in line to command plenty of money after making three interceptions in 2013. But Rodgers-Cromartie insisted that depending on how he feels after Sunday's game, he might call it quits.

He even knows what he would do instead of football. He'd go back to college and study psychology to become a guidance counselor at his old high school.

"I had my fun in this league," he said.

Rodgers-Cromartie came out of Football Championship Subdivision Tennessee State and figures he wasn't supposed to make it in the NFL at all from a small school, let alone surpass the average 2 to 3 years that players last in the league.

He wasn't a typical lower-division prospect, though, selected by the Cardinals with the 16th overall pick in 2008. Rodgers-Cromartie played three years in Arizona and two in Philadelphia before joining the Broncos.

He regularly tells his teammates about his plan.

"They always think I am joking about it," he said.

Even if he sticks around next season, Rodgers-Cromartie can't imagine repeating the feat of fellow Denver cornerback Champ Bailey, who's in his 15th year in the league.

Asked about Bailey's longevity, Rodgers-Cromartie exclaimed a curse word in admiration, then added, "He can have that."

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GIANTS GUESTS: The Seattle Seahawks are preparing for the Super Bowl against the Broncos at the New York Giants' training facility, which opened in 2009 and is adjacent to MetLife Stadium.

When the Giants and Jets were picked to co-host the title game in May 2010, the owners of the teams had hoped they would become the first to play the game in their home stadium.

Neither was so lucky. The Broncos are training at the Jets' headquarters in Florham Park, N.J., a half-hour's drive away, which opened in 2008.

"It's what we signed up for," Giants co-owner John Mara said. "We certainly would rather be playing the game ourselves, but we knew there was a good chance someone else would be using our facility."

Broncos coach John Fox was assured by the NFL that the Jets' outdoor fields would be in good shape despite the cold weather and inordinate amount of snow that has hit the area this month. Because the Broncos have a bubble instead of a permanent indoor venue — that is being built now — Fox says his team might be jealous of the Jets.

"Our operations guy tells me that the guys will be complaining that it is so much nicer than ours, so he is not real excited about it," Fox said. "We've heard nothing but great things."