Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is looking forward to returning to Arizona as the Giants play the Cardinals on Sunday. DRC was drafted in the first round by the Arizona Cardinals in 2008 and played there before being traded to the Eagles before the 2011 season.
When DRC was drafted, Larry Fitzgerald was in his fifth year and the wide receiver helped mentor the young cornerback.
"He's athletic, and there were times where we used to go out at practice and he used to beat me, and I would ask him, 'Man, how is your slow behind beating me?'" Rodgers-Cromartie told Michael Eisen of the Giants official website. "And he would tell me certain things so I wouldn't always have to rely on my athleticism."
Their relationship went beyond just football, and DRC only has praise for Fitzgerald.
"He teaches you more than just about the game," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "I think he teaches you on the field and off the field. But on the field, he definitely teaches you how to be an overall pro. For all of the years that I was there, he was just so professional man, so fun, loving, caring. It just shows. That's why he's been around so long and blessed and still playing the game, man, at a high level."
Fitzgerald has 1,217 career receptions and 15,371 yards, both third most in NFL history.
"He's one of the best ever, easy," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "I think for him to be playing at a high level still in this day and age and still putting up the numbers he is, he has to go down as one of the greatest."
The Giants travel to Arizona and play the Cardinals Sunday at 4:25 p.m.