Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: Welcome to the Tampa Bay Thunder

by Joshua Katz

When the Tampa Bay Thunder arrived at practice this past Tuesday, there was a new, yet familiar, face on the field. Strolling onto the field with his 6’2” frame was former NFL Pro Bowl Cornerback, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

No, Rodgers-Cromartie has not joined the Thunder to coach or watch. He’s here to play.

Once practice started at 8:00PM, Rodgers-Cromartie became quite the popular guy at practice. But what would anyone expect? Who wouldn’t want to meet a man who frightened NFL Offenses for 11 years?

The former 2008 1st Round Draft Selection spent 11 seasons playing in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Oakland (Las Vegas) Raiders, and Washington Redskins (Football Team).

Now 35 years old, Rodgers-Cromartie is back on the field doing what he does best—locking down Wide Receivers and getting interceptions. He took part in all of the Thunder’s warmups, drills, and play-learning despite missing the team’s first two practices. I guess playing football at the highest level there is allows an athlete of his caliber to learn on the fly.

All throughout practice, the Thunder players, coaches, staff, and media team watched as Rodgers-Cromartie flew around the field making various plays.

Here is what Rodgers-Cromartie had to say following his first Thunder Practice, "[I bring a lot of] competitiveness and a goofy mindset. I'm down to earth, I'm very fun, I'm competitive, I talk a lot of trash, and I just have fun... We're going to be a real good [football] team."

It is safe to say that the Offense of the other teams in the Football Federation Alliance will need to be on high alert because Rodgers-Cromartie will always be lurking to attack from his secondary position.

Once the FFA season begins in February 2022, fans will be swarming to a game near them to get a glimpse of Rodgers-Cromartie and the Tampa Bay Thunder.

Photo by: Gio Alvarez