Antonio Cromartie officially retires after 11-year NFL career

Cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who did not play in 2017, officially retired with a formal announcement Monday after 11 NFL seasons.

Cromartie, 33, revealed the news on his Instagram account, thanking the Chargers, New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals. He last played in four games for the Indianapolis Colts in 2016 before getting released on Oct. 4 that year and did not play last season.

"Today is the day I knew I would eventually have to face, but one I never wanted to accept," Cromartie wrote. "After 27 years of playing football, today I say farewell. God blessed me with the opportunity to play in the NFL for 11 years, and after much consideration and prayer, I'd like to officially announce my retirement."

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SAN DIEGO - JULY 31: Cornerback Antonio Cromartie #25 of the San Diego Chargers practices during Training Camp on July 31, 2006 at Charger Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 1: Antonio Cromartie #25 of the San Diego Chargers defends against the Baltimore Ravens on October 1, 2006 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens won 16-13. (Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images)
San Diego Chargers rookie corneback Antonio Cromartie during warmups before game against the Arizona Cardinals at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. on Sunday, December 31, 2006. (Photo by Kirby Lee/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 04: Antonio Cromartie #31 of the San Diego Chargers begins to celebrate as he goes 109 yards on a failed field goal attempt by Ryan Longwell of the Minnesota Vikings for a touchdown to end the first half and give the Chargers a 14-7 lead at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on November 4, 2007 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 06: Antonio Cromartie #31 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates after a defensive play during their AFC Wild Card Playoff Game against the Tennessee Titans at Qualcomm Stadium on January 6, 2008 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Titans 17-6. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
PHOENIX - JANUARY 31: Defensive back Antonio Cromartie of the San Diego Chargers speaks during the GMC Defensive Player of the Year award news conference prior to Super Bowl XLII at the Phoenix Convention Center on January 31, 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona. The award was given to Bob Sanders of the Indianapolis Colts. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
San Diego Chargers CB Antonio Cromartie - May 12, 2008. Escape Artist - The amazing story behind Antonio Cromartie, every NFL quarterback's worst nightmare (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: (L-R) NFL player Braylon Edwards and Antonio Cromartie at the 2008 ESPY Awards after party held at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on July 16, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. The 2008 ESPYs will air on Sunday, July 20 at 9PM ET on ESPN. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 14: Antonio Cromartie #31 of the San Diego Chargers looks on against the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 14, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. Denver won 39-38. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 22: Antonio Cromartie #31 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates with teammates after he returns a 52-yard interception for a touchdown in the second quarter while taking on the New York Jets on September 22, 2008 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
LONDON - OCTOBER 26: Antonio Cromartie of San Diego Chargers looks on during the Bridgestone International Series NFL match between San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints at Wembley Stadium on October 26, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
FLORHAM PARK, NJ - CIRCA 2010: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Antonio Cromartie of the New York Jets poses for his 2010 NFL headshot circa 2010 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 16: Cornerback Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets leads the Defensive Backs in a moment of reflection before the game against the New York Giants when the New York Jets host the New York Giants in the first preseason football game at New Meadowlands Stadium on August 16, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Giants beat the Jets, 31-16. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 19: Cornerback Antonio Cromartie #31of the New York Jets smiles as he looks on from the field before a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 19, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Jets defeated the Steelers 22-17. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AUGUST 07: Cornerback Antonio Cromartie #31 and Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets speak during Training Camp at NY Jets Practice Facility on August 7, 2011 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Cornerback Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets follows the action against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 6, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Al Pereira/New York Jets/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 01: Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets looks on during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 01: Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets looks on during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 18: NFL player Antonio Cromartie (R) and guests arrive at the 2012 Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards at Barker Hangar on February 18, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/WireImage) 22184_002_JS2_0494.JPG
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets in action against Johnathan Joseph #24 of the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Texans defeated the Jets 23-17. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 27: NFL player Antonio Cromartie (tattoo detail) arrives at the 'Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain' premiere at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on June 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 20: Cornerback Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets is introduced against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium on October 20, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/New York Jets/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 15: Football player Antonio Cromartie attends the GBK Luxury Sports Lounge, prior to the ESPY Awards held at W Hollywood on July 15, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for GBK Productions)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 05: Cornerback Antonio Cromartie #31 of the Arizona Cardinals takes the field prior to facing the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 5, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Cardinals 41-20. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Antonio Cromartie #31 of the Arizona Cardinals returns a interception in the fourth quarter during a game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. The Cardinals defeated the Cowboys 28-17. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JANUARY 30: NFL players Antonio Cromartie (L) and Colin Kaepernick attend ESPN the Party at WestWorld of Scottsdale on January 30, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for ESPN)
FLORHAM PARK, NJ - JUNE 16: Cornerback Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets appears in a portrait on June 16, 2015 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images for New York Jets)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 21: Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets looks on against the Indianapolis Colts during the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 21, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Jets defeated the Colts 20-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
August 27, 2016: Indianapolis Colts cornerback Antonio Cromartie (34) during the NFL preseason week 3 game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Football player Antonio Cromartie (L) and Terricka Cromartie watch the runway show during BKLYN Rocks presented by City Point, Kids Foot Locker, and Haddad Brands at City Point on November 9, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for City Point)
CROMARTIES -- Pictured: (l-r) Antonio Cromartie, Jagger Cromartie -- (Photo by: Zach Dilgard/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Cromartie was the 19th overall pick of the 2006 draft by the Chargers, spending four years in San Diego and making first-team All-Pro in 2007 when he had 10 interceptions. He spent time with the Jets from 2010-2013 and then again in 2015, recording 13 interceptions in that period and making the Pro Bowl twice. He also played one season with the Cardinals in 2014.

For his career, Cromartie made 31 interceptions in 162 games.

--Field Level Media

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