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Friday, July 25, 2014
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, superhero

By Dan Graziano

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When I was here for New York Giants minicamp in June, I noticed that cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had a collection of superhero cleats in his locker. Batman cleats, Flash cleats, Superman cleats, Captain America cleats... I even took a photo and tweeted it out. See?

DID U KNOW: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has a collection of superhero cleats:

— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) June 19, 2014
Well, Rodgers-Cromartie came out and addressed the media today, and naturally one of the questions he got was about how he decides which pair of superhero cleats to wear on a given day. He said he has six of them. I only see four in the photo, so clearly more research is needed.

"It depends on the mood of the day," Rodgers-Cromartie said, confirming what I'd both assumed and hoped to be the case. "Some days, if we're playing a lot of man-to-man, I tend to put on the faster superheroes, because that's a day I feel like we'll have to do a lot of running. It just depends on my mood. You can tell by the type of cleats I have on what kind of day it's going to be."

From where I was standing for practice, I couldn't tell which hero Rodgers-Cromartie was wearing Friday. But like most of his defensive teammates, he looked like all of the superheroes combined out there against the Giants' work-in-progress offense.