Former NFL cornerback Antonio Cromartie is a living legend. On the field, he is known as a four-time Pro Bowl selection and the owner of the longest touchdown in league history. Off the field, he’s best known as a father to a jaw-dropping number of children.
Cromartie, a mid-30s man enjoying retirement with a net worth somewhere around $10 million, is the father of 14 children. FOURTEEN CHILDREN! He even had four more kids after he had a vasectomy, according to Fatherly.
These days, Cromartie, who last played for the Indianapolis Colts in 2016, is a stay-at-home dad with wife Terricka Cromartie. Their lives have been chronicled in a reality TV show called The Cromarties on the USA Network, and on social media.
Needless to say, there’s never a dull moment at the house.
Antonio Cromartie’s Kids And Their Names
Back before the 2010 season, everyone knew Antonio Cromartie, the star football player from Tallahassee. He was a former first-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft out of Florida State and had just been traded from the San Diego Chargers to the New York Jets. (He also played for the Arizona Cardinals during his career.)
Then, when HBO’s Hard Knocks came to training camp, everything changed.
In one episode, Cromartie talked about the importance of being a father figure. All of that was sweet and good, but it took a turn when the Jets cornerback started naming all of his kids.
Little did many know he had so many children or that the Jets famously gave him a $500,000 advance so he could pay back child support. He paid $336,000 in child support each year back in 2016, according to The New York Post.
Despite having kids with eight different women, the former NFL star has no regrets as a father, according to Fatherly, and is comfortable in his role with a blended family.
“I would say loving, very hands-on, and a little strict. Like, ‘you need to be here, you gotta be here, you gotta do this a certain way.’ So, I would probably say hands-on from a standpoint of just always wanting to know what’s going on with homework and everything. And I’m strict, I am. I have a very militant, military background.”
Antonio Cromartie’s wife Terricka Cromartie — formerly known as Terricka Cason — was a reality show star on E’s Candy Girls. They have been married since 2010. They welcomed their sixth kid together and his 14th child with multiple baby mamas — Jhett Paxton — in 2017.
Karis Marie Ford
Antonio Cromartie, Jr.
Tyler Jae Cromartie
Could you imagine what life is like at the Cromartie house during the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 outbreak? Although they aren’t all under one roof, chaos probably doesn’t even begin to describe it.
This post was originally published on April 7, 2020.