Courtesy of The Tennessean
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Former Tennessee State defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will play in Super Bowl XLVIII.
The Broncos’ defensive back is one of more than a dozen players and coaches with ties to the region competing in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2.
Rodgers-Cromartie will be the third Tiger in the past four years to reach the NFL’s championship game, joining former teammates Anthony Levine, who was on the Green Bay Packers’ roster in 2011 and the Baltimore Ravens’ in 2013, and Lamar Divens, whose San Francisco 49ers fell to the Ravens last year.
This season, Rodgers-Cromartie has recorded 31 tackles (25 solo) and intercepted three passes, leading Denver to a 15-3 record (including playoffs).
Rodgers-Cromartie was part of the Arizona Cardinals in 2009 when they played in Super Bowl XLIII.
Rodgers-Cromartie is in his sixth year as a professional and has amassed 246 stops (222 solo), 19 interceptions and five touchdowns while playing for three different teams. This is Rodgers-Cromartie’s first season with the Broncos.
While at TSU, opposing quarterbacks completed just 55 of 161 passes (34.2 percent) thrown in Rodgers-Cromartie’s area. He intercepted 11 of those throws, deflected 25 and held the opposition to 3.54 yards per pass attempt.
In addition to his football career, Rodgers-Cromartie was also a standout performer for TSU’s track team. He qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regionals in 2007 by winning the Ohio Valley Conference long jump title.
During the OVC Indoor Track Championships, Rodgers-Cromartie was named the top male athlete after winning the 60-meter dash, long jump and high jump and finished second in the triple-jump.
Rodgers-Cromartie is one of 20 Tigers to reach the Super Bowl.
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