- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is 27 years old, right in his prime as an NFL player.

Perfect time to retire.

The Denver Broncos cornerback said Monday he’s giving serious consideration to hanging it up after the Super Bowl. He’s not burned out, not worried about his health.

He just figures he’s had a good run.


“I had a goal of playing 5 years, and I reached that,” Rodgers-Cromartie said.

He’s completed six seasons in the NFL, in fact, and could be in line to command plenty of money after making three interceptions in 2013. But Rodgers-Cromartie insisted that depending on how he feels after Sunday’s game, he might call it quits.

He even knows what he would do instead of football. He’d go back to college and study psychology to become a guidance counselor at his old high school.

“I had my fun in this league,” he said.

Rodgers-Cromartie came out of Football Championship Subdivision Tennessee State and figures he wasn’t supposed to make it in the NFL at all from a small school, let alone surpass the average 2 to 3 years that players last in the league.

He wasn’t a typical lower-division prospect, though, selected by the Cardinals with the 16th overall pick in 2008. Rodgers-Cromartie played three years in Arizona and two in Philadelphia before joining the Broncos.

He regularly tells his teammates about his plan.

“They always think I am joking about it,” he said.

Even if he sticks around next season, Rodgers-Cromartie can’t imagine repeating the feat of fellow Denver cornerback Champ Bailey, who’s in his 15th year in the league.

Asked about Bailey’s longevity, Rodgers-Cromartie exclaimed a curse word in admiration, then added, “He can have that.”

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