Former NFL player Antonio Cromartie hones his coaching skills as a graduate assistant at Aggieland | Soccer

“I have great respect for Antonio and always had a relationship there,” Fisher said. “So when he was in Houston and maybe he wanted to get into catching, that was something that we thought was good for both of us.”

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Cromartie’s gaming credentials are superb. He led the NFL in interceptions in 2007 with 10, returning one for a touchdown and making first-team All-Pro that season. He finished his career with 458 tackles, 34 interceptions and 123 pass breakups.

From that experience comes a unique perspective and a bank of knowledge on which A&M defensive backs draw, said safety Demani Richardson.

“He’s a great coach,” Richardson said. “He is understanding. He was in our place, which helps to get information from him. He gives us little techniques and stuff that we can work on and stuff like that that helped him get to where he is right now.

A&M assistant football coaches are not made available to the media, including Cromartie.

Working with defensive coordinator Mike Elko and defensive backs coach TJ Rushing, Cromartie helped the Aggies rank 31st in pass defense nationally this season, giving up 199.9 yards per game. Safety Leon O’Neal ranks seventh in the conference with two interceptions this season.