Sunday night, the NFL world went crazy for the one-handed catch of Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and rightfully so. It was an amazing catch. It may be hard to top for catch of the year. But some were suggesting it might have been the best ever, and to that, it’s always good to tap the brakes. There are dozens of great plays made in the NFL every year. There have been great one-handed catches made in the NFL every year. And sometimes, they aren’t even made by wide receivers.
Back in 2007, Antonio Cromartie was in his second NFL season. Amazingly, halfway through that year Cromartie still hadn’t started at cornerback until the Chargers put him out the for a game against the Colts and Peyton Manning. Cromartie picked off Manning three times that night, including a spectacular one-handed, leaning-back grab — in fact, one that looked a lot like Beckham’s.
These days, Cromartie is manning one of the cornerback spots for the Cardinals. He saw someone bring up his INT on social media after the Beckham play. He shrugged it off.
“I’m not worried about that,” Cromartie said with a small smile. “That’s seven years ago.”
Still, it’s a good reminder that for every unreal play, it’s usually not unique.
“It’s been done before,” Cromartie said.
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