Editor's note: Denver Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, a Lakewood Ranch High graduate, has agreed to tell Herald sports writer Alan Dell his thoughts as he prepares for Super Bowl XLVII against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday:
Tuesday, Jan. 28
It's cold here (11 degrees), but it doesn't bother me. We are used to it in Denver, and we came to play football. You can't worry about the weather.
The biggest concern for me is (Seahawks quarterback) Russell Wilson. He is very mobile and presents a lot of problems. You have to be ready for anything. They have a good team with good receivers.
This is my second Super Bowl. The first one in Tampa was different. It was like being home with all my family and friends. Denver told me that they brought me in here to get them to the Super Bowl, and I feel blessed that was able to help them do that.
I feel so humbled to be here, coming from a small school (Tennessee State), which was the only school that wanted me out of high school.
I told Deion Sanders about (former Bayshore High and NFL player) Fabian Washington and what happened to him is why I want to get a long-term deal.
He said he understood and asked me about Richard Sherman (boasting he is the best cornerback in the NFL).
We (Broncos defensive backs) are not the rah-rah guys who are going to do a lot of talking. We are just going to go out there to focus and play.
Just being a defender, what Sherman said bothers me. I understand why he said (it), but I tell myself anytime you have a Champ Bailey, Asante Samuel or Charles Woodson in the game, you can't say you are the best. These guys have been doing that for a long time.
Note: Rodgers-Cromartie's dad, Stan Cromartie, said his son received 25 tickets, and all of them are gone to family members. Most are flying up to New York City on Friday.
-- Alan Dell, Herald sports writer