By The Associated Press
Veteran cornerback Antonio Cromartie announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday.
The 11-year pro with four franchises posted a message on Instagram saying “after 27 years of playing football, today I say farewell.”
An All-Pro with San Diego in 2007, when he led the league with 10 interceptions, Cromartie was one of the NFL’s best cover cornerbacks for much of his career, making four Pro Bowls. He also scored the longest touchdown in league history, returning a missed field goal by Minnesota for a 109-yard score in 2007.
Cromartie, 33, spent his first four seasons with the Chargers, making the playoffs each year. He then joined the Jets and made the AFC championship game with them in 2010, his first of four straight seasons as a starter in Rex Ryan’s defense.
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