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               January 16, 2008

Antonio Cromartie, 
   Master at Open Field Running.

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        wpe2D.jpg (1672 bytes)   Antonio Cromartie, 
                     Exciting Master at Open Field Running.

                                       "The best offense is a very good defense".

                          When the San Diego Chargers play football this Sunday, its their defense I will be watching
         with special anticipation.  For my money, the most exciting player on the field is a defensive back named Antonio 
         Cromartie.  Watch him go!  He is the Charger who usually runs back punts, kick-offs and missed field goal attempts.
         I know it's easier, and customary, to watch just the offensive quarterback and the ball.  But when the Chargers
         are on defense, watch this Antonio Cromartie, number "31".

                .Listed as 6'2", his leaps at passes match those players 4 inches higher.  He has intercepted 11 passes this
         season. That number leads all of professional football, and he did not even start on defense until the fifth
         game of the season.  It's how he runs after he gets the ball that is the most exciting.  He spins, turns and runs
         much faster than any of other team's big, bulking offensive players.  In open field running, he has a rare knack for
         knowing how to break free and make those huge runs that go from one end of the field to another. 

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                See Cromartie run 109.9 yards for a touch-down

  In a spectacular play against Minnesota this Fall, he returned a missed field goal 109.9
          yards. Above is the video of the longest touchdown run of all-time anywhere.   The offensive linemen barely laid a
          hand on him.

                     Against Indianapolis' famous passer, Peyton Manning, he made three interceptions by the second quarter
         back in November.  Cromartie was not even a first-string player then.  He was filling in for injured Quentin Jammer.
         Apparently, Manning was picking on him early on, because he was considered experienced.  .Modestly, Cromartie
         said afterwards,  "I was just trying to cover my guy and make the plays."    "It was big," said Charger safety Clinton
         Hart, who also had an interception that night. "Three picks on Peyton Manning, that rarely, ever, ever happens, and
         it probably won't ever happen again by one player. For a young guy like that to get that jump, that's big. You can
         see his confidence has risen to a different level. You can see how he plays, how comfortable he is out there. I told
         him, you get one early and it relaxes you for the rest of the game and the rest of them just come to you."  His third
         interception was a spectacular leaping one-handed grab.  

                     This past Saturday, against Indianapolis in the play-offs, Cromartie picked off another Manning pass at
         his 10 yard line, ran back along the sidelines and at mid-field picked up four blockers and cut across the field
         all the way to the far side and than ran for a touchdown, only to have it called back by a Referee because of a
         questionable holding penalty against San Diego far away from the play action.  It was a sensational play, even
         though it was called back by a referee who is known for making dreadful calls.  By then the fame of Cromartie's
         long runs was getting out. His fans were everywhere.  About this run, one wrote:

                            "Holy crap!  That was an amazing interception return.  Cromartie is still recovering from the
                  stomach flu, and ran the Manning pick back 89 yards for a touchdown… except the Chargers got hosed
                  on a crap-hold call by Phil Luckett.  Based on the replay, it looked like the Colts player was holding Eric
                  Weddle by the helmet, not the other way around."

                  View this fabulous run.  See if you can spot any Charger holding

                   Cromartie's success looks so effortless that we forget how hard he trains and how thorough he is in his
         preparations.  Before each new game, he studies on film the moves of the other teams' offensive pass receivers.
         He looks for "tells" which reveal where the receiver is really going down-field.

                  He is gifted with strength, speed and playing instincts.  Cromartie leads the league with 11 interceptions.
         He made the Pro Bowl and even garnered three votes for defensive player of the year. And he's only going to
         get better. Scouting reports say Cromartie will guess on some plays, which can leave him vulnerable to completions
         and that he still can be beaten with some double moves.  But for how long.  His improvement as a regular player
         is stunning.  Each week he finds new ways to bring the crowd to their feet. The Charger's secondary coach,
         Bill bradley, said  Cromartie progressed more this season than any player he has coached in 24 seasons as a
         college or professional coach... "This is the fastest rise I've had the privilege to coach, and I've coached some
         good ones," Bradley said. "The sky is the limit for him now. It's still all in front of him."

                 It is to the Charger's credit that they selected him as a first round draft pick in 2007.   He played only
          two years at Florida State.   In 2006, his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. He went home. For financial
          reasons, he decided to turn pro without playing a senior year in college.   

                 Will he play against New England this weekend? He has been battling a stomach virus but probably will.

                Should he be an offensive player?  Maybe, next year, says his coach Norv Turner.

                Opposing quarterbacks are learning to throw to receivers on the other side of the field.

                                               44 tackles 11 interceptions in 2007-8

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INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 13: Marvin Harrison #88 of the Indianapolis Colts fumbles the ball in the first quarter against Antonio Cromartie #31 of the San Diego Chargers during their AFC Divisional Playoff game at the RCA Dome on January 13, 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Chargers won 28-24. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

            Personal Information at Chargers' website: http://www.chargers.com/team/roster/antonio-cromartie.htm

                                  BAD OFFICIATING CAN RUIN A GREAT GAME

              Phil Luckett is the referee whose holding call cancelled Cromartie's sensational 80 yard touch-down
        return of an intercepted Peyton Manning pass.   He is the ex-referee who left the NFL in shame because he
        could not get a coin flip right during a nationally televised1998 Thanksgiving Day NFL game.
        For details, please see  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Luckett

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         Phil Luckett's holding call against the Chargers made me think the officials seemed to want Indianapolis to win.
    All four replays went in the Colts' favor.  His horrible holding call in the final seconds of the first half nullified
    a long touchdown return by San Diego cornerback Antonio Cromartie.
http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/story/10575141    TV announcer and former quarterback Boomer Esiason
    also noted that it was a "very bad call."


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