The 100 Moments of TSU Athletics presented by Taco Bell® series continues by looking back at one of the most versatile football players at Tennessee State University.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie attended Lakewood Ranch High School where he was a defensive back and wide receiver. He was named the most underrated prospect in the state of Florida by the High School Recruiting Report. While at Lakewood Ranch, he also competed as a jumper and sprinter on the school's track team.
Dominique is a two-time All-American and three-time All-Ohio Valley first-team selection in football. He appeared in 44 games, starting in 39. During his college career he had 11 interceptions, he returned four for touchdowns and averaged 28.5 yards per interception return.
Rodgers-Cromartie also returned a fumble and kickoff for touchdowns and blocked eight kicks in his career. During his career, he returned 36 kickoffs for 859 yards and six punts for 44 yards and on offensive side of the ball, he caught two passes for 46 yards and rushed twice for 16 yards.
An all-around athlete, Rodgers-Cromartie was also a track star in college, qualifying for the NCAA Mid-East Regionals after he captured the Ohio Valley Conference long jump title with a jump of 2' 0.75". At the 2007 OVC Indoor Track Championship, he won the Top Male Athlete award after winning the 60-meter dash (6.89), long jump (25' 0.75") and high jump (6'9.5") and finished second in the triple jump (48'8").
Known for his highlight-reel ability, Rodgers-Cromartie was drafted in 2008 to the Arizona Cardinals in the first round (overall 16) of the NFL Draft. Rodgers-Cromartie was the second CB drafted in the NFL in 2008 and he led the Cardinals to the Super Bowl that following season.
Rodgers-Cromartie's draft stock was considerably low, as many questioned the level of competition he faced during his college years and because of his lack of technique. Rodgers-Cromartie was determined to make his dream come true and he impressed scouts during Senior Bowl week, performing very well during the arranged practices, and was named Defensive MVP for the game. The quickness he displayed with a 4.33 sec 40-yard dash at the NFL combine led to comparisons to Fabian Washington.
Rodgers-Cromartie was named the starting nickelback for the 2008 season, behind starters Roderick Hood and Eric Green. He had 50 tackles and 6 interceptions in the 2009 NFL regular season and was selected as a reserve to the 2010 Pro Bowl; however he didn't participate due to an injury sustained in the divisional round playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints.
On July 28, 2011, Rodgers-Cromartie was traded, along with a second round pick, to the Philadelphia Eagles for quarterback Kevin Kolb. He is still a valuable player for the Eagles every Sunday.
The 100 Moments of TSU Athletics presented by Taco Bell® highlights some of the greatest moments in honor of Tennessee State's centennial celebration. A new moment will be released each weekday for a total of 100. These moments were chosen by the TSU 100 Moments committee, which consists of alums from various departments. TSU has so many great moments, not all can be represented in these 100.
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