Antonio wore this jersey and helmet during the 2003 Cal-Florida All-Star game at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California. This also was Antonio's helmet that he wore during the 2002 season at Lincoln High School in Florida. At Lincoln, Antonio wore #13, hence when he signed the jersey and helmet, he added his high school number "13."
Antonio graduated from Lincoln High School in Tallahassee...named USA Today's National Defensive Player of the Year...earned Parade All-American honors as a defensive back his senior season...led Lincoln to a 12-1-1 record as a senior and to the state Class 4A state championship as a junior...a four-star player by Rivals.com and rated as the sixth best prep cornerback in the nation...alsonamed to their Southeast Top 100 and Florida Top 100...named to the All-Southern Team and as one of Florida's top 100 players by the Orlando Sentinel...voted as one of the state of Florida's top 100 players by the Florida Times Union...as a senior he had 30 pass receptions for 642 yards and six touchdowns to go along with 13 rushing attempts for 242 yards and three touchdowns on offense...also had 53 total tackles and six interceptions as a cornerback and returned two kickoffs and two punts for touchdowns on special teams...as a junior he caught 28 passes for 483 yards and seven touchdowns and had 53 rushing attempts for 586 yards and six touchdowns...had four interceptions and returned one for a touchdown his junior season...as a forward on the basketball team he averaged 14 points and nine rebounds per game...also a star on the track team and was a standout in the 110 meter dash (career-best time of 14.1 seconds) and as a member of the 4X100 meter relay team...selected Florida State over Florida, Auburn, Alabama and Michigan.
He played college football at Florida State University. In his junior year, Cromartie tore his ACL and was forced to miss the entire season. Even though he was removed from competitive football for an entire year, he was still selected as the 19th pick of the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. On July 25, 2006, Cromartie signed a 5-year $12.75 million deal with the Chargers.
In his first season with the Chargers, Cromartie saw action at cornerback and on special teams. He showed flashes of his athletic ability on defense, while at times also showing that he was an inexperienced rookie. Towards the end of the season, Cromartie handled some punt and kickoff return duties. In a game against the Oakland Raiders, Cromartie returned a kickoff for 91 yards, the longest return for the team since 2001.
As of this date in 2007, Antonio has already scored 3 touchdowns including setting an N.F.L. record by returning a missed field goal 109 yards vs. Minnesota (November 4).