Broncos' Rodgers-Cromartie weighs retiring

Sparkly: Fireworks go off over the Hudson River at a Super Bowl kickoff event. Spectators watch near large Roman numerals: XLVIII.

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Sparkly: Fireworks go off over the Hudson River at a Super Bowl kickoff event. Spectators watch near large Roman numerals: XLVIII.

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

Perfect time to retire.

The 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 has had a good run.

"I had a goal of playing five years, and I reached that," Rodgers-Cromartie said.

He is completing his sixth season, in fact, and could command plenty of money after his three interceptions in 2013. But Rodgers-Cromartie insisted that depending on how he feels after Sunday's game, he might call it quits.

He knows what he would do instead. 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 played three years in Arizona and two in Philadelphia before joining the Broncos.

Giants guests: The Seahawks are preparing at the Giants' training facility, adjacent to MetLife Stadium.

When the Giants and Jets were picked to co-host the title game in May 2010, the owners of the teams had hoped they would become the first to play the game in their home stadium.

Neither was so lucky. The Broncos are training at the Jets' headquarters in Florham Park, N.J., a 30-minute drive away.

"It's what we signed up for," Giants co-owner John Mara said. "We certainly would rather be playing the game ourselves, but we knew there was a good chance someone else would be using our facility."

Media day: The Seahawks plan to have backup FB Derrick Coleman, who lost his hearing at the age of 3, sit in the stands today for media day at the Prudential Center.

That way Coleman can read the lips of reporters.

Had he been placed on a podium, the team felt he would be too far removed from the questioners.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll calls Coleman's story "inspirational" and said he believes Coleman has not been at a disadvantage.

"He does his job impeccably well in all areas and everything that we ask of him," Carroll said. "He's a terrific effort guy. … The fact that he has a hearing issue is really not even something that we deal with."

Marijuana issue: Carroll is in support of the league looking further into whether medicinal marijuana could be beneficial for players.

The coach said he supports commissioner Roger Goodell's message last week that the NFL could consider medicinal marijuana as a treatment if science proved it could help concussed players.

Carroll says regardless of the stigmas involved, the medicinal value should be examined, "because the world of medicine is trying to do the exact same thing and figure it out and they're coming to some conclusions."

Broncos' Rodgers-Cromartie weighs retiring 01/27/14 [Last modified: Monday, January 27, 2014 10:37pm]

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