Antonio Cromartie: Why His Tom Brady Comments Are Great For Football

Ryan FallerAnalyst IJanuary 12, 2011

Antonio Cromartie isn't much of a fan of New England quarterback Tom Brady, whom he recently described with expletives in a rant to the New York media.
Antonio Cromartie isn't much of a fan of New England quarterback Tom Brady, whom he recently described with expletives in a rant to the New York media.Al Bello/Getty Images

Antonio Cromartie, take a bow. You just made my Sunday afternoon more interesting.

In a world of all-too-much political correctness and veiled opinions, you have restored our faith in the value of honesty, although we can’t vouch for your claim that Tom Brady is a lot like a certain orifice of the human anatomy.

In case you’re late to the party, earlier this week, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan recalled with not-so-fond feelings the image of the Patriots quarterback pointing to the Jets sideline after New England had scored its fifth touchdown in a 45-3 romp over New York on Dec. 6.

But Ryan, seldom muted, refrained from using expletives.

Not so much the case with Cromartie, the Jets' cornerback, who on Tuesday was asked by the New York Daily News to speak to the character of Brady:

“An ass----.”

“---- him.”

It’s as simple as filling in the blanks, yet more awesome than anything else we have heard leading up to New York’s divisional round game at New England on Sunday, including Ryan’s remarks the day prior.

When asked Wednesday if he regretted his remarks, Cromartie remained blissfully consistent.

"No? Why would I regret them?" Cromartie said. "That's my opinion; that's how I feel about it. There's no reason for me to sit back and take back anything I said about him, and I'm not."

The NFL needs more players as willing to go the extra mile as Cromartie.

In no more than 11 letters, he has singlehandedly raised the intensity and anticipation level surrounding what was already one of the league’s most bitter rivalries.

Just imagine if Ben Roethlisberger took the time to call Ray Lewis a bitch. How great would it be if Clay Matthews hit Matt Ryan with a few mom jokes?

This can only be beneficial for the league. I guarantee you CBS loves it.

And so does Brady.

Of course, Brady, just like he did in response to Ryan, won’t take the bait. Instead, the former league and Super Bowl MVP will probably just throw to Cromartie’s side of the field until the Patriots score, at which time another finger-pointing may be in order.

Only this time, it won’t be directed at the Jets’ sideline, and a different finger will be used.

Which is 10 times better than anything Brady could say to a newspaper or radio station between now and game time.

As if we needed clarification, Cromartie evened out his curse-laden salute to Brady with some PG-rated explanation.

"That's what I think about him. I don't really give a damn about him," he said. "I don't have to play against him. I play against the receivers."

We would argue that you do have to play against him, Antonio.

That’s alright. At least you let him know how you feel first.

We appreciate that.