NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — He’s a sure-fire Hall of Famer. A Super Bowl champion. A thorn in the side of the Jets organization.
But for Antonio Cromartie, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is still an expletive.
The Jets’ outspoken cornerback didn’t back off his comments from last season’s playoffs when he told the New York Daily News that Brady was an “a——.”
“—- him,” Cromartie seethed in January.
“Nah, I don’t have anything to add,” he said when asked about the remarks on Wednesday. “My feelings are still the same. Nothing is going to change. Whatever I said last year.”
The Jets went on to oust Brady, Bill Belichick, Wes Welker and the rest of the gang from the playoffs. This year, Brady is on fire and New York is struggling at 2-2.
Cromartie knows he’ll be the target of boos — and of the Patriots’ passing game when the teams face off at New England.
“I hope I’m a target this game. I want to be a target every game,” he said. “I hope I get booed again. I really don’t care. They’re not my fans. My fans are here in New York.”
Cromartie said he respects what Brady has accomplished on the field, but he’s not about to back down.
“I’ll never change how I feel about Tom Brady and what I said last year,” said Cromartie. “Do I respect him? Yes. He has three football rings. But other than that, when we’re on the football field, I don’t really give a damn.”
As for the Jets’ game plan against the Patriots’ offense?
“To beat the hell out of their receivers,” he said.
Meanwhile, in New England, Brady cut his weekly press conference short Wednesday. The quarterback was apparently miffed by the barrage of Cromartie questions, according to the Boston Globe.
“I don’t really care what he says,” Brady said before walking off after only five minutes.
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