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25 Aug 2010

In the past, the only football on HBO was 20-year old footage from NFL Films that was shown at 3:00am on a weekday.  Suddenly, they are making news with a small, one-minute clip from their series “Hard Knocks.”  This past week, they did an interview with defensive back Antonio Cromartie of the New York Jets.  Like any good father, Cromartie was describing the importance of being there for your children.  He then named off his seven children, but there were some uncomfortable pauses as he was naming them off, suggesting he has trouble recalling their names.  You be the judge:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5qzQ2HBh0s
 
Now I had math in public schools so I am not good with numbers, but when he listed the ages of his children, he has 3 children who are 3 years old.  I’ve heard of Irish twins, but 3 children in one year with no multiple births is tough to do.  I dug a little deeper and it turns out that he has at least 7 children from at least 6 different women.  Turns out he is good at something besides football.  I say “at least” because he is facing several unsettled paternity suits.  Cromartie was drafted in 2006 and is only 26 years old.  Needless to say, he has been busy during his short career.
 
Antonio Cromartie is not the first NFL player with baby mama drama.  Travis Henry is the NFL’s undisputed champion of reproduction.  Henry was a running back drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2001.  He went on to play for the Tennessee Titans and the Denver Broncos before his career ended in 2008.  Like any good father, he tested positive for marijuana twice and was arrested for failure to pay child support, and was eventually incarcerated for cocaine trafficking.  His child support payments totaled nearly $200,000 per year.  Actually, that is a small price to pay for 11 children with 10 different mothers!  The total would have probably increased, but Henry is about one year into his three-year sentence in federal prison.
 
The real NFL “action” begins September 9th when Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings take on Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in the first game of the regular season.

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