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Antonio Cromartie: I run 4.34, laugh at people saying I lost a step

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Antonio Cromartie isn’t hurting for confidence.

Cromartie, the Cardinals cornerback who recently declared that the two best cornerbacks in the NFL are himself and his old Jets teammate Darrelle Revis, is mocking those who say he’s not quite the same player at age 30 as he was a few years ago.

Cromartie posted a video on Instagram that he says shows him running a 4.34-second 40-yard dash at the end of a workout, and with that video he posted a message scoffing at anyone who thinks he’s slowing down.

“And ppl say I’ve lost a step. Only thing I can do laugh at you all. Ran 4.34 & 4.36 in the 40 today after a workout and I’m only getting faster,” Cromartie wrote.

Expecting Cromartie or any other athlete to get faster after turning 30 is unrealistic. The Cardinals don’t need Cromartie to be a Top 2 cornerback in the NFL like he thinks he is, they just have to hope Cromartie has enough left that he’s a strong No. 2 cornerback to go along with Patrick Peterson.

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51 Responses to “Antonio Cromartie: I run 4.34, laugh at people saying I lost a step”
  1. mazenblue says: Jun 28, 2014 12:52 PM

    But are all your children accounted for? Is he Mormon? Or just has no beliefs and values what so ever?

  2. abninf says: Jun 28, 2014 12:59 PM

    Must be why he became a journeyman player.

  3. jerrysglassescleaner says: Jun 28, 2014 1:01 PM

    Have to have more than speed. People faster than this can’t even make it in the NFL. Got to have the smarts, be physical, competitive. Speed alone is not impressive. That this level, it has to be a given. Not saying this guy doesn’t. #justkeepingitreal

  4. ketch20too says: Jun 28, 2014 1:04 PM

    Great speed with suspect cover skills isn’t nearly enough to make him the #2 DB in the league.

  5. timcast12 says: Jun 28, 2014 1:04 PM

    Let me guess, we’re gonna be seeing a Top 5 CB list soon?

  6. qdog112 says: Jun 28, 2014 1:05 PM

    Cromartie>Paterson. Still top 5, just plays with lessor secondary mates.

  7. corvetteman6 says: Jun 28, 2014 1:09 PM

    4.34, you say? Maybe. But there isn’t a DB in the league who gets away with holding more than this guy. Play in and play out, the guy is just a master of how to old onto a WR.
    Good that he says he is fast though.

  8. Spymaster Belichick says: Jun 28, 2014 1:11 PM

    I can stop a stopwatch early too. Didn’t he run a 4.47 at the combine?

  9. sfm073 says: Jun 28, 2014 1:14 PM

    There’s more to losing a step than how fast you can run 40yds in a straight line.

  10. joetoronto says: Jun 28, 2014 1:17 PM

    All speed and no brains, congratulations.

  11. micknangold says: Jun 28, 2014 1:18 PM

    Yeah, somehow I doubt that after seeing you get shrimp-toasted by guys who actually are that fast.

  12. uglydingo says: Jun 28, 2014 1:18 PM

    Good DBs need to have a short memory and a healthy ego. Check and check.
    Patrick Peterson, Antonio and Tyrann Matthieu together in Phoenix should be very entertaining. There will be a race to make interceptions.

  13. f1restarter says: Jun 28, 2014 1:24 PM

    I believe him. Antonio Cromartie has been very successful at running away from his responsibilities in the fatherhood department for years.

  14. purpleguy says: Jun 28, 2014 1:28 PM

    Yeah, over 30 yards.

  15. bloomer006999999 says: Jun 28, 2014 1:33 PM

    Best of luck Bro … !

    See you in the post season ~

    Regards,

    Cordarrelle Patterson, Adrian Peterson

  16. schmitty2 says: Jun 28, 2014 1:34 PM

    He needs to be that fast to chase after his 37 kids.

  17. mudachains says: Jun 28, 2014 1:34 PM

    looked like a 4.5+ to me!

  18. MostlyRight says: Jun 28, 2014 1:35 PM

    Antonio is good but has weaknesses as a CB1, but in AZ with Peterson in that spot he may make the best CB2 in the league. Add Honey Badger and #1 draft pick Buchannon at safety and the Cards secondary is looking fantastic on paper.

  19. billsbackto81 says: Jun 28, 2014 1:44 PM

    Guess Marquise Goodwin must have been running a 3.50 when he blew by him and scorched him by 5 yards for a TD last season.

    This guy has more insecurities than child support payments.

  20. ty46 says: Jun 28, 2014 1:49 PM

    He ran it on track, that equals 4.5+ on football surface.

  21. granadafan says: Jun 28, 2014 1:55 PM

    If you can’t make route changes and maintain quickness and recovery speed, then your straightline speed in shorts is useless. Football is about making cuts, not running straight. The 40 time is the most overrated evaluation of players and their ability to actually play.

    Mel Kiper would have scoffed at Jerry Rice’s poor 40 time and dropped him down the big board to 3rd round with delusional fans (Seattle) mocking the Niners for taking Rice in the 1st round. “But but but, they Niners could have gotten Rice in the 3rd round because that’s what I read!”.

  22. maddenisfordorks says: Jun 28, 2014 1:57 PM

    He should move to Utah. His level of reasoning and his amount of children will fit in perfectly.

  23. phillyphan420 says: Jun 28, 2014 2:05 PM

    Because speed is the only thing one needs to be a good corner, besides…ya know…being a good corner.

  24. RegisHawk says: Jun 28, 2014 2:12 PM

    Nothing compares to Cromartie’s ability to announce how great he is.

  25. piratefreedom says: Jun 28, 2014 2:12 PM

    I could run a 4.30 40 if I’m the one in charge of making the video.
    It would be approximately as plausible as Cromartie’s.

  26. craniator says: Jun 28, 2014 2:13 PM

    He didn’t run a 4.34 , he has 434 illegitimate children.

  27. thegonz13 says: Jun 28, 2014 2:13 PM

    Yep, and he’s even faster when running away from child support payments!

  28. truths4all says: Jun 28, 2014 2:14 PM

    How can MDS have the balls to tell us what the Cards need from Cromartie? The Cards would love it if Cromartie can come anywhere near where he was at his peak. But there is a downside to that if it happens. If Cromartie still has his speed AND his reaction times, then the other teams will unleash their passing attacks on Peterson as well as the safeties and linebackers. This means Peterson will get beat for big gains everyweek since he has lost his burst of speed that allowed him to bait QBs and run out of tackles returning punts his rookie year. Since then, his burst of speed has been absent and he has been exposed except against the lower tier QBs like Glennon whom he had a monster game against because Glennon kept gambling with his passes.

    Make no mistake, if Cromartie is back from injuries and plays near where he was, Peterson is going to get burned every week and exposed that he is slowing down and makes lots of mistakes in coverages.

  29. Ed Bandell says: Jun 28, 2014 2:33 PM

    Former speed burner receiver Raymond Berry of the Baltimore Colts had something to say about his own aging and the realization that he was done.

    The time he retired he was actually planning on playing. He felt just as fast as he ever was and thought he was running his routes well. It wasn’t until he saw himself on tape and got to see just how he looked that he actually saw that he wasn’t the same. He essentially said he looked terrible running his routes and since that is something he took pride in he knew it was time to retire.

    Speed is nice to have, but how well do you accelerate and how agile are you?

    Darrell Green of the Washington Redskins kept his speed throughout his 40′s and played a LONG time as a corner. He held the title of fastest man in the NFL into his late 30′s.

  30. dsimp724 says: Jun 28, 2014 2:56 PM

    4.34 = that’s the equivalent of 3 pumps

  31. natelan says: Jun 28, 2014 2:57 PM

    He hasn’t lost a step… Just his mind.

  32. sdchicken says: Jun 28, 2014 3:05 PM

    He’s a solid player, but I will never forget him avoiding the tackle on the jets RB when he was on San Diego, who then took it to the house and cost them the playoff win.

  33. 619sdfan4life says: Jun 28, 2014 3:07 PM

    That’s actually how many kids he has per state 4.34

  34. nativeraider says: Jun 28, 2014 3:11 PM

    No they laugh at you cuz your a washed up never has been and never will be.

  35. teambolt5000 says: Jun 28, 2014 3:15 PM

    Can’t wait for the season to start. SD @ AZ will be a good test for both teams.
    .
    Chargers will play ball control, time of possession football. Not saying the Cards DBs aren’t good, I just don’t think they are a match for Rivers and Chargers receivers. SD will have too many weapons for Rivers to throw the ball to, and say what you want about him, Rivers is very good with the short pass game. Look for a lot of double TE sets with Gates and Green, both RBs, Woodhead and Matthews can catch out of the backfield, along with WRs Keenan Allen, Floyd and Brown, and it appears the Chargers should win that battle. Basically, Rivers will have 5-6 players on the field who can catch the ball on just about every play. Should be interesting.
    .
    If you are a Cards fan I am looking to see what you think. Good luck this year.

  36. j0esixpack says: Jun 28, 2014 3:26 PM

    Running away from alimony payments keeps him in top shape apparently.

  37. watermelon1 says: Jun 28, 2014 3:45 PM

    Ummmm…. The entire Seattle secondary?(minus Earl Thomas)

    ——–

    “Jun 28, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT
    Cromartie>Paterson. Still top 5, just plays with lessor secondary mates.

    corvetteman6
    Jun 28, 2014, 1:09 PM EDT
    4.34, you say? Maybe. But there isn’t a DB in the league who gets away with holding more than this guy. Play in and play out, the guy is just a master of how to old onto a WR.”

  38. slick50ks says: Jun 28, 2014 4:35 PM

    Too bad faster doesn’t equal smarter.

  39. campcouch says: Jun 28, 2014 4:38 PM

    He’s still in the league.

  40. agcooney108 says: Jun 28, 2014 4:45 PM

    It helps when you have three of the best players at their respective positions playing on your defense

  41. tacomatiger says: Jun 28, 2014 5:46 PM

    This chump will still get torched all year long, what a loser

  42. realitycheckbaby says: Jun 28, 2014 6:15 PM

    Time it yourself.

    It’s closer to 4.7, maybe 4.6

    Not bad for an old has been.

  43. kingpoch says: Jun 28, 2014 7:11 PM

    Nevermind the fact that it’s on a track with track spikes. Ask any track athlete and they’ll agree your time drops dramatically on a track surface

  44. bbbmf says: Jun 28, 2014 8:06 PM

    To the uninformed comments about Cromartie’s children [responsibilites and relationships] from an interview with Jonathan Schwartz, a CPA with the Los Angeles-based financial services company GSO Business Management IRT Cro’s money and interests:

    The arrangement includes monthly child support payments for each of Cromartie’s children, all of whom will be provided for through college. Cromartie remains active in the lives of all his children and he sees them regularly.

    Additionally:

    Cromartie’s retirement is funded through age 100, and his money will be multi-generational.

    Enough?

  45. cursedvikings1998 says: Jun 28, 2014 8:21 PM

    The Cardinals defense is scary.

  46. bleedrangerblue says: Jun 28, 2014 9:07 PM

    Watched him get burned all last year. His wife bashed him as well after a game. He is overrated to say the least. He sucks

  47. rcali says: Jun 28, 2014 9:15 PM

    He wasn’t fast enough to catch Tim Tebow!

  48. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Jun 28, 2014 9:42 PM

    granadafan says:
    Jun 28, 2014 1:55 PM

    Mel Kiper would have scoffed at Jerry Rice’s poor 40 time and dropped him down the big board to 3rd round with delusional fans (Seattle) mocking the Niners for taking Rice in the 1st round. “But but but, they Niners could have gotten Rice in the 3rd round because that’s what I read!”.

    ************************************
    WRONG. I remember the 1985 NFL draft. Rice was rated as a consensus first-round draft pick, along with Al Toon and Eddie Brown, by ALL the draft experts that year.

  49. shakukalick says: Jun 28, 2014 11:17 PM

    I timed that at 4.55. And that was on my 4th time trying to give him the benefit of the doubt.

  50. patsack69 says: Jun 29, 2014 4:22 AM

    Has been

  51. racerx1225 says: Jun 29, 2014 10:42 AM

    Rod Streater is gonna burn him like toast.

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