Ex-Bull Jenkins pulling for Cards' rookie corner
Here's how big the Super Bowl is this week: First-round draft picks are helping out as on-call chauffeurs.
Former USF cornerback Mike Jenkins, who just finished his rookie season with the Cowboys, laughs about it, but he's told the Cardinals' Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, one of his closest friends since childhood growing up in Bradenton, that he'll drive him around town this week.
"I told him if he needs anything, I'll come and get him," said Jenkins, who missed the playoffs in his first season in Dallas. "He's like my brother, so we have to look out for each other."
Rodgers-Cromartie and Jenkins talked regularly throughout the draft process last spring and through their rookie seasons. They'd text each other if one got an interception, helping each other as both went through the same difficult transition.
"I've leaned on him, asked him questions, him being from a bigger school, because he's used to talking in interviews, getting attention," said Rodgers-Cromartie, who went to Tennessee State. "I talk to him almost every day. We're real close. We played on all the Little League teams together, and we would have played together in high school, but I moved. We've always stayed in touch."
Jenkins said he's been pulling for Rodgers-Cromartie throughout the playoffs, and was pulling for another friend and corner from Bradenton, Baltimore's Fabian Washington, hoping they'd meet up in Tampa.
"I'm definitely rooting for the Cardinals," Jenkins said. "I wanted both of them to make it. If they did, I guess I'd have to get one of those jerseys, half-Cards and half-Baltimore."
-- Basketball note: Lots of Gus Gilchrist references up in Maryland, where there's some griping between Terrapins coach Gary Williams and his administration about the circumstances that led to Gilchrist transferring to USF. Here's a story from the Baltimore Sun and here's the Washington Post.