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Rodgers-Cromartie doesn’t rank Richard Sherman among NFL’s elite corners

Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie #45 of the Denver Broncos speaks to the media during Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day at the Prudential Center on January 28, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. Super Bowl XLVIII will be played between the Seattle Seahawks and t
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Denver Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie enjoys Richard Sherman, but is not ready to give him the status of elite. According to USA TODAY Sports on Jan. 28, Rodgers-Cromartie says the status of elite still belongs to those who have paved the way.

There is no doubt that the Seattle Seahawks cornerback is talent and doesn’t lack confidence in himself or his ability, but according to Rodgers-Cromartie, the all-pro cornerback just has to wait his turn. Rodgers-Cromartie told reporters:

“As far as being the best, I wouldn’t say that. As long as you got a Champ Bailey, an Asante Samuel, a Charles Woodson in the (league), you can’t say you’re the best.”

Although all three who Rodgers-Cromartie named are on the down side of their careers, the Broncos corner said its just about respecting the hard work, dedication and time they have put in at the position as they have “paved the way” for himself and for Richard Sherman.

Rodgers-Cromartie’s comments may be used by Sherman as motivation, but its not due to a lack of respect. Rodgers-Cromartie is just not overly impressed and not willing to give just one guy credit for a No. 1 defense.

“He’s a guy that’s been playing well. They got the No. 1 defense. He’s just made the play at the end of the game.”

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will have his own hands full if he draws the responsibility of covering Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin.

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