Most people would be terrified if you told them the younger players on the New York Jets take advice from Antonio Cromartie. This is a guy who has 10 children with eight different women and once struggled to remember all of their names. The 29-year-old cornerback doesn’t exactly act like a role model, but apparently he knows a great deal about blowing money.
In a recent interview with Newsday’s Bob Glauber, Cromartie admitted to blowing through $5 million during his first two seasons in the NFL. He spent nearly all of the guaranteed money from his rookie contract with the Chargers on nine cars, two homes, jewelry, massive shopping sprees, and cash handouts for friends and family. Now, he has changed his ways and is trying to stop others from making the same mistakes he made.
“I was out of control,” Cromartie told Glauber. “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. 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.”
Despite the fact that he agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal with the Jets two years ago, Cromartie now drives a Prius.