Found June 03, 2013 on
The Other Paper:
Antonio Cromartie — the New York Jets cornerback who blew through $5 million in his first two years in the NFL and has fathered 12 children with eight different women — claims he is turning over a new leaf and will become the voice of reason for the incoming crop of Jets rookies and teach them not to make the same mistakes he did.
In an interview with Newsday, Cromartie tells reporter Bob Glauber that his days of reckless spending have come to an end and that he is "all about saving money."
"I had two Dodge Chargers, probably spent $100,000 just fixing them up," he said. "I had a '65 Caprice, which I spent $100,000 on. I had two BMWs, two Escalades."
Cromartie doesn't remember the other two cars. And he said he came close to buying a Lamborghini, a car that can cost $500,000 or more.
"I was out of control," Cromartie said. "I remember [former Chargers teammate] Quentin Jammer used to tell me to slow down, but I couldn't do it. I just loved spending money."
Cromartie - who is the middle of a four-year, $32 million contract with the Jets - has now recruited the help of a financial adviser, who credits the transformation to showing the 29-year-old athlete what it's like to have a "settled" home life.
"I can tell a lot of things to a lot of clients, but that doesn't mean they'll listen and accept what I say and practice that discipline," Cromartie's adviser Jonathan Schwartz said. "[Cromartie] buys into it. He knows that a professional athlete's earning period is limited, and that the best form of accumulating wealth is not to spend. His peers will go buy Rolls Royces and Ferraris and diamond jewelry, but 25 years from now, Antonio can still maintain his lifestyle, sit at the beach enjoying a cocktail and say, 'I've earned it.'"
Cromartie, who has 12 children with eight different women in six different states, says he wants to be a role-model for younger players who might be tempted to make the same mistakes he made as a young athlete with a lot of money.
The All-Pro player, who is now married and has two children with his wife, Terricka, is an unlikely advocate about the benefits of putting money in the bank.
"I tell the young guys, "'Don't spend any money the first year and a half of your career,'" Cromartie said. "You don't know what will happen after that. You might be released. You might be hurt. Just save your money."
Cromartie might also be the team's pitchman for going green. Schwartz introduced his client to the hybrid Prius automobile and says the Jets player is fond of tooling around in the un-flashy ride — although some old free-spending habits seem hard to break.
"I'm gonna put some rims on it," said Cromartie. "That's about it, though."
BEST OF MAXIM
When athletes get that paycheck, they buy several homes and vehicles that resembles a small car dealership. That is what happened to current New York Jets player Antonio Cromartie. According [...]
Another day, another Joe Namath dig at the Jets.
On the heels of questioning the Geno Smith pick and explaining his "clumsy" relationship with Gang Green, the legendary ex-Jets quarterback sounded off on Rex Ryan's player-friendly coaching style.
"I’ve always said I've never seen that kind of coaching style before in my life," Namath said, via ESPNewYork...
Mark Sanchez was drafted out of USC and started off his first two seasons with a bang. He took the Jets to two straight AFC Championships, and even though they were both losses, it's still pretty impressive for a young QB. However the past two seasons, he hasn't been as fortunate.Over the past two seasons, Mark Sanchez has a combined 52 turnovers, which is absolutely gut...
Tebow! Tebow! Tebow! Buried behind Glenn Beck’s strange and idiotic rant about how terrible RGIII’s new house must be (yes, Glenn, Northern Virginia is very expensive but it’s not on Manhattan’s level and the house is not in Great Falls, it’s in the sticks, so that’s why it is “only” $2.5M), there is an even worse idea. It is a bad idea whose time may have come. I...
It looks like Jets running back Mike Goodson can’t stay out of court.
According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, Goodson is being hit with a paternity lawsuit by Ashlee Wilson who claims that he fathered four children with her in a six year span.
In the court papers, obtained by ESPNNewYork.com, Ashlee Wilson is suing for retroactive child support, lump-sum child support and...
The great thing about the NFL is that there are so many positions that every year, there is almost always at least one player who has a breakout year on every team, no matter how good or bad the team is. This is one part in a 32 part segment detailing one potential breakout player (rookies don’t count) for the 2013 NFL season on each NFL team. For the New York Jets, that player...
We're still a ways out from Week 1, but now with the draft and most of the key parts of free agency behind us, it's a good time to see how each QB fits into the larger picture. This is part one of a two-part series, looking at what each QB could bring to the offense, with the other probable pieces in place.
The incumbent Mark Sanchez has a lot on his plate.
Rookie Sheldon Richardson is readying himself for Rex Ryan's defensive line. That mean's he's preparing to post up anywhere, and...“Everywhere,” Richardson told NewYorkJets.com's Eric Allen of his work in OTAs. “A little end, a little three tech(nique), a little nose, shade, all that… The only thing I haven’t done yet is play rush, so I pretty much have...
When you sign with the Jets it appears your career just goes into shambles. Mike Goodson is already dealing with DUI, drug and weapon charges from an incident that happened last week on the freeway, now a woman is coming forward saying she wants money for the kids he allegedly fathered with her years ago.
Goodson, arrested May 17 in New Jersey on drug and weapons charges, is being...
We asked our followers at Follow @OneJetAtATime who they thought would have a breakout year for the Jets, and for any statistical predictions they had.
Here's a few of our favorite responses:
@onejetatatime Jeremy Kerley 84 receptions, 1200 yards, 7 TDs Chris Ivory 1300 yards , 11 TDs
— #JetsNation(@RobMacNYJETS) June 2, 2013
There needs to be a disclaimer attached to contracts given to any future New York Jets--sign with us and be prepared for anything and everything stupid that you have ever done and will do to be blown up in the media. To be fair, the Jets are not the only ones making news for misdeeds, but it does seem like they take center stage sometimes.
Just look at newly signed running...
TJ Rosenthal helps kicks off another week of New York Jets coverage at Turn On The Jets with his weekly No Huddle - Make sure to give TJ a follow on Twitter on Turn On The Jets a follow on Facebook.
The Mets and Jets: Shea Stadium Twins?
Often times, doesn’t it feel like the Jets and Mets are twins? Both tenants of Shea Stadium from the days the doors first opened in 1964...
New York Jets since the 1960sIn the 1968-69 season, Joe Namath lead the New York Jets to a Super Bowl victory. Namath would guarantee victory before they played the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. One thing that Namath couldn't guarantee- the Jets having another good quarterback.After Namath, Matt Robinson and Richard Todd battled for the starting job (1978-1980). Both...
Antonio Garay's Drive
Julian Edelman Still in a Boot
Adam Podlesh Organizes Fundraiser
Taylor Mays Working with First Team
Mitchell Schwartz Learning from Joe Thomas
Gabe Carimi Misses OTAs but...GM Phil Emery Still Optimistic (Emery Not Jewish)