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Cromartie can be, but doesn’t want to be, the best corner in the league

Antonio Cromartie AP

Confidence is an important trait for any pro athlete.  That’s why the offseason routinely consists of plenty of boasts regarding performances to come in the next NFL campaign.

For Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, his confidence comes with a six pack of apathy.

Specifically, Cromartie thinks he can be the best cornerback in the NFL.  But he doesn’t really want to be.

“Can I be?  Yes.  Do I care to be? No,” Cromartie recently told Brian Costello of the New York Post.  “If we’re winning and I’m doing the things I need to do, then that’s what it’s really all about.”

It’s a bizarrely mature comment from Cromartie that could get lost in the headline.  He’s basically saying that he’s more interested in team accomplishments than individual accolades.

That’s really the way it should be.  While personal achievements can lead to big contracts and, eventually, a bronze bust in Canton, the focus never should be racking up stats or praise.  It should be doing your job and hoping that everyone else does the same.

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57 Responses to “Cromartie can be, but doesn’t want to be, the best corner in the league”
  1. pftalk says: Jun 18, 2013 1:57 PM

    That is not a mature comment. Cro is starting he will do just enough to get by and nothing more. Loser mentality.

  2. unbiasfan says: Jun 18, 2013 1:57 PM

    A piece of bread has more logic than Cromartie

  3. fortphiladamsterdam says: Jun 18, 2013 1:57 PM

    Nothing to see here, move along.

  4. skoobyfl says: Jun 18, 2013 1:58 PM

    With the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the NY Jets select…

  5. sikoix says: Jun 18, 2013 1:58 PM

    My initial reaction was that he sounded more lazy than mature. But he has matured quite a bit in recent years it would seem.

  6. mufasaaa says: Jun 18, 2013 1:59 PM

    Despite everything going on with the Jets in the last few years, Cro seems to have grown up a lot since having 10 kids to 8 different mothers or whatever it was. It’s nice to see.

  7. turdfurgerson68 says: Jun 18, 2013 2:00 PM

    Well, he’s already demonstrated he’s probably the dumbest DB in the league; why bother with being the best.

  8. ozymandias121 says: Jun 18, 2013 2:00 PM

    Kind of like how he can be a good father, but he doesn’t want to be a good father?

  9. tjh9985 says: Jun 18, 2013 2:01 PM

    Except they aren’t winning so now you’re neither.

  10. rocamob says: Jun 18, 2013 2:02 PM

    And the Jets bashing comments on a rare positive Jets related article begin in 3… 2…

  11. boltdaddy says: Jun 18, 2013 2:03 PM

    Would you be willing to the the best dad?

    signed
    One of your eight kids from a bunch of different moms

  12. rocamob says: Jun 18, 2013 2:03 PM

    And the “Best Father” comments…

    Sorry just trying to hit this off at the pass

  13. buccaneerjeremy says: Jun 18, 2013 2:05 PM

    We’ll wait & see if he has the same approach to when his contract is up & he looks for a new one. I wonder if in the vocabulary spin you’ll hear he is one of the elite corners in the league looking for a huge contract.

    I applaud his “team first” attitude if it’s genuine, but that only gets you so far.

  14. Pat says: Jun 18, 2013 2:08 PM

    Give me the $14M a year the top CB gets over whatever Cary Williams made plus his ring.

    I have a feeling if given the opportunity 99.9% of people would agree.

  15. teecrouch says: Jun 18, 2013 2:08 PM

    Always Been A Fan of His Talents! He Proved Last Year that he can do Revis’ Job. Good Luck To Cromartie I remember him at Florida St before the injury!

    #RamsNation By The Way @TeeCrouch

  16. zeapelido says: Jun 18, 2013 2:09 PM

    This deserves a 1 point mark in the Big Mouth standings for the Jets. Benign, but stupid.

  17. rhamrhoddy says: Jun 18, 2013 2:09 PM

    Yeah me too. I could be the best corner in the NFL if I really wanted to but I’d just rather not.

  18. bleedgreen says: Jun 18, 2013 2:12 PM

    I get exactly what he’s saying, its just easily misinterpreted. For years the Raiders had the ‘best CB in the league’ in Nnamdi. What did it get them? Absolutely nothing. For a few years, the Jets had the best CB in the league in Revis. What did it get them? Nothing. I don’t believe Revis is as good as everyone thinks. Not that he’s not very good, but they removed him and plugged in Cromartie and … what exactly dropped off? But when Cromartie was opposite Revis, he wasn’t quite at the same level. I think their scheme is helping make their CBs look better than they are.

    Now, thats not a bad thing. Results are results, regardless of how they’re acheived.

  19. mankato98 says: Jun 18, 2013 2:13 PM

    “Can we win the Super Bowl? Yes. Do we care to? No.”

  20. mvp43 says: Jun 18, 2013 2:13 PM

    He’s already the best at fertilization, why strive for anything else?

  21. indianajet says: Jun 18, 2013 2:14 PM

    “It’s a bizarrely mature comment from Cromartie that could get lost in the headline.”

    So let’s just make it the headline?

    click, click, click away!

  22. raiderlyfe510 says: Jun 18, 2013 2:14 PM

    Actually that’s one of the best comments I’ve heard from a player all year. His goals are team oriented. He doesn’t have any control over being regarded as the best CB, but he does have a degree of control over the success of his team. Good Job, Cromartie.

  23. mec693 says: Jun 18, 2013 2:16 PM

    Jets article in a positive light.. BASH IT, BASH IT NOW!

  24. spedman24 says: Jun 18, 2013 2:19 PM

    Straight up class act

  25. bennyb82 says: Jun 18, 2013 2:20 PM

    I think he meant he is not concerned with whether he is the best or not the best. Your headline claimed he did not want to be the best. That is quite different than not caring if he is considered the best. If anything, it speaks of his maturity in that personal success is not as important as team success. A guy who wants personal success will intercept a hail mary pass and try to return it. A guy who wants team success will knock the ball down. At the end of the year, we would likely praise the guy with more interceptions as being better, when it could be the guy with fewer Int’s that helped his team more.

  26. dsigrey says: Jun 18, 2013 2:28 PM

    Of course he doesn’t want to be the best and get that big contract. That would just be more child support money he’d have to dish out.

    He also said “I could be the best father in the world too, but if I give their mothers money and that’s all that matters… anyone can can be a father, I can give them money”

  27. 69finfan says: Jun 18, 2013 2:30 PM

    The only target you can’t hit is the one you don’t aim/shoot for.

  28. alexb1234 says: Jun 18, 2013 2:34 PM

    Cromartie played great last season post-Revis injury which included games where he shut down top caliber WRs like Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald….Cro is being mature here with this statement and trying to have a winning attitude…

    anybody who takes a shot at his personal life due to this statement by Cro needs to look in the mirror bc im sure there are some skeletons in your closet

  29. hehateme2 says: Jun 18, 2013 2:38 PM

    Will the jets EVER shut up?

  30. whatnojets says: Jun 18, 2013 2:40 PM

    “I couldn’t care less if someone said I’m the best corner in the NFL,” Cromartie said. “I really don’t care about that. I’m more focused on, ‘Am I doing the right things and are the young guys doing the right things they need to be doing?’ If we’re all playing as one, our whole secondary is the best. That’s the way I’m looking at it.”

  31. chargerdillon says: Jun 18, 2013 2:42 PM

    “if we’re winning”

    Hey Cro reality check,you haven’t been winning in years

  32. GenXJay says: Jun 18, 2013 2:45 PM

    Titus Young>Megatron.

  33. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Jun 18, 2013 2:48 PM

    As much as I want to hate on the jets here…this is a sweet message

    Translation:
    ” I can be Darelle Revis, I don’t wanna be Darelle Revis.” He’s telling his old team mate, I can fill your shoes, I just know how high you raised the bar, and am comfortable where I’m at.

  34. madsqgrdn says: Jun 18, 2013 2:49 PM

    hehateme2 says: Jun 18, 2013 2:38 PM

    Will the jets EVER shut up?

    ——————————————-

    The Jets say the same thing every other team in the NFL says. It’s just that no one cares about the other teams. No one cares about cinci–whatever.. or pitts-whatever..the dregs of our country. People care about NY..and if they can tear down something with an NY on it from their hovel in middle America they will do it.
    Do it..Jet fans don’t care we live in the greatest city on earth.. The Jets don’t care they are millionaires.

    Haha keep it going its funny to see you little people from youre little places talk bad about the jets for no reason.. Keep hating.

  35. rushmatic says: Jun 18, 2013 2:58 PM

    madsqgrdn says: Jun 18, 2013 2:49 PM

    hehateme2 says: Jun 18, 2013 2:38 PM

    Will the jets EVER shut up?

    ——————————————-

    The Jets say the same thing every other team in the NFL says. It’s just that no one cares about the other teams. No one cares about cinci–whatever.. or pitts-whatever..the dregs of our country. People care about NY..and if they can tear down something with an NY on it from their hovel in middle America they will do it.
    Do it..Jet fans don’t care we live in the greatest city on earth.. The Jets don’t care they are millionaires.

    Haha keep it going its funny to see you little people from youre little places talk bad about the jets for no reason.. Keep hating.

    ___________________

    It’s hilarious to me that you think people are jealous of living in NY. I visited NY several times and couldn’t wait to leave EVERY time. Smelly, dirty, busy, dangerous. No thanks. Fun to get drunk and fat while there, but that’s about it.

  36. nathanbetz91 says: Jun 18, 2013 3:07 PM

    Maybe all 50 of his illegitimate children will read this article and proud of the father they will never know

  37. chargerdillon says: Jun 18, 2013 3:16 PM

    People care about new york? really?

    I love idiotic NY fans that think the world revolves around their ghetto city.

    We make jokes about the Jets, because IT’S EASY

    I wonder why people in the greatest city on earth all retire somewhere else

  38. jimbo75025 says: Jun 18, 2013 3:16 PM

    Cromarte can, but does not want to, remember the names of all his kids……..

  39. antalicus says: Jun 18, 2013 3:24 PM

    He knows he plays for the Jets right? Being the best corner in the league is a lot easier than any accomplishments the Jets will have.

  40. swaggyy says: Jun 18, 2013 3:29 PM

    Well its impossible anyways no one can get better than Richard Sherman

  41. jetsfaninjersey says: Jun 18, 2013 3:31 PM

    everybody hating on Cro…you hate if he is immature, you hate because he made an immature statement…You can see that the guy is truly wanting to change and be a leader and play and act like a Pro..Everyone…deserves a second chance and if he plays like he did last year in Revis’s absence and shows some growing up and maturity…maybe the hares will stop hating…finally and get a life.

  42. mrpresident2 says: Jun 18, 2013 3:32 PM

    Does he not realize being the best corner in the league would make his team better?…

  43. areyoudue says: Jun 18, 2013 3:54 PM

    Cromartie’s cap number is 6.5M. That along with the new found maturity is a win compared to Mevi$ and his 16M contract. Very little drop off last year when they had to move AC to the top spot in the backfield.

  44. jimjets says: Jun 18, 2013 4:14 PM

    it’s the jets MUST be a circus!!

    good for you Cro. cuz u were one of the, if not THE best corner last year.

    we might surprise some of you people this year, just sayin….

    love that “hovels in the middle of america”

  45. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 18, 2013 4:17 PM

    dut dut dudda dudda dut dut circus
    dut dut dudda dudda dut dut jets

    sing along if you know the rest!!

  46. furnhole says: Jun 18, 2013 4:51 PM

    It nice to hear a comment from a player that’s not all about “ME”

  47. watermelon1 says: Jun 18, 2013 5:30 PM

    You can makes jokes about the guy and his personal choices in life, by the guy can play corner!

    And yes, he’s been beat. Every corner gets beat. And there was a reason he often lined up against the opponents best receiver even when Revis was heathy.

  48. lrjets says: Jun 18, 2013 5:37 PM

    hehateme2 says:Jun 18, 2013 2:38 PM

    Will the jets EVER shut up?
    _________________________________

    Then what would you do for this thing called life?

  49. lrjets says: Jun 18, 2013 5:40 PM

    It is is patently obvious (to those possessing more than a double-digit IQ) , that your headlines are instigative for the sheep-like to reply.

    And they do!

  50. lrjets says: Jun 18, 2013 5:48 PM

    rhamrhoddy says: Jun 18, 2013 2:09 PM

    Yeah me too. I could be the best corner in the NFL if I really wanted to but I’d just rather not.
    ________________________________

    I agree. Stay at Wal-Mart.

  51. perspective2424 says: Jun 18, 2013 5:58 PM

    Im amused by the comments on here about the jets bashing. In all seriousness, the jets are a tire fire. The coach never shuts up, they voluntarily brought a circus to NY last year and their QB situation is a hot mess. What on earth is positive about the jets?

  52. zeke2517 says: Jun 18, 2013 6:15 PM

    “It’s a bizarrely mature comment from Cromartie that could get lost in the headline. ”

    And yet you decided to phrase the headline that way. Huh.

  53. weepingjebus says: Jun 18, 2013 6:16 PM

    So a 29 year old Jets player is finally showing the same level of sports maturity I’d expect of an 7 year old. Sounds about right.

  54. prmpft says: Jun 18, 2013 6:20 PM

    sorry – revis already said he was…come to think of it – so did about 1/2 dozen other corners – man this is so confusing…

  55. madsqgrdn says: Jun 18, 2013 7:23 PM

    I would remind you people that the Jets lost their two most dynamic players,Revis and Holmes to season ending injury early on in the year. The Jets starting TE and other WR also lost considerable time which led to our QB taking a huge step back in his development. With all that …6-10 record hardly a “disaster” . A bad year …it happens. The Jets weren’t a circus at all. The media makes a story of everything a jet says because they know that you mouthbreathers will eat it up and click away on negetive jets news.
    ” Those heathen NYers like art and music ..let their football team be damned” The “insert boring NFL city fans team name here” said as he chewed on a wheat stalk and spit into a can..

    all in good fun of course..:) but if you want to stop reading about the jets…stop getting so much joy in hating on them

  56. sfm073 says: Jun 18, 2013 7:30 PM

    Have you ever heard a coach say he wished one of his players wasn’t so good? This is pretty terrible logic.

  57. cmdrsmooth says: Jun 19, 2013 12:15 AM

    Good to see he is becoming a true role model.

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