Victor Cruz Brings More Than Salsa to NY Giants
New York began the 2011 season with a young wide receiving core which included Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham and Dominik Hixon. Cruz was 4th on the depth chart and received added playing time when Hixon went down with a season ending injury.
He has taken that opportunity and made the best of it, quickly rising to the national spotlight in part due to the Victor Cruz fumble controversy but also due to his exciting style of play.
He currently has 19 receptions 386 receiving yards and 3 unbelievable touchdowns which included 2 TD catches versus NFC East rivals Philadelphia Eagles.
Victor Cruz Background
The salsa dancing skills come from his mother Blanca who is Puerto Rican, his father is of African American descent. He attended high school in Paterson NJ (Paterson Catholic High School) and played college football for UMass.
Cruz had his up and downs at UMass due to his grades and at one point was even kicked out. He displayed true perseverance going back to New Jersey and taking classes at Passaic County Community College and County College of Morris. He reflected, worked hard and was able to work his way back to UMass where he ultimately ended his college career as the fourth leading receiver in school history with 131 receptions. Even more amazing is that Victor accomplished this despite only playing his junior and senior years at the University of Massachusetts.
At UMass he gave everyone a glimpse of his big game potential, recording the best game of any wide receiver in the schools history catching 13 balls for 262 yards and 2 touchdowns versus James Madison.
Victor Cruz Football, Business and Social Media
On the field Cruz has had moments of greatness and moments which can make a hardcore Giants fan skip a heart beat. The previously mention fumble controversy which of course any Giants fan will tell you was the correct call by the ref. Followed by the game ending interception this past week 5 versus the Seattle Seahawks where Victor had a chance to make a tough catch inside the 5 yard line but unfortunately the ball deflected from his hand and eventually ended up in the arms of a Seattle defender who ran it back for a touchdown. There was enough blame to go around in that game and it would be unfair to just magnify that one moment.
During that same game Cruz also had the best TD of the afternoon, catching a deflected ball and running it back for the score.
I saw Victor Cruz first play in 2010 in a preseason game versus the New York Jets, he wore the number 3 and he scored 3 touchdowns and torched the defense. I instantly became a fan and in the back of my mind thought this could be it for Steve Smith once his contract is up. Sure enough this season Steve Smith was not resigned and ended up with the Eagles. After that preseason game versus the Jets, coach Rex Ryan was quoted as saying
I don't know who No. 3 is, but holy shit!
When Cruz isn't on the field you can find him on Twitter @TeamVic. His popularity has gone through the roof but somehow he manages to try and reply to most of his fans. I jokingly sent him a tweet once thinking he may get a chuckle and just ignore it but instead he ended up replying and re-tweeting it. Number 80 seems to find time for all his fans.
Victor Cruz also has a clothing line out along with his friend Nate Collins of the Jacksonville Jaguars, the line is named YoungWhales and it is sharp!
Victor has good speed, good hands and can break defenders ankles in the open field, his potential is unlimited. He is exciting to watch, works hard and seems like a humble young man. I can't wait to see more highlights of Victor Cruz and more salsa dancing.