Victor Cruz is already a sports hero and football star, but in case you don’t have all the facts about this 25 year-old half-black, half-Puerto Rican New York Giants wide receiver, here’s what you need to know.
Raised in Paterson, New Jersey, Cruz played football at the University of Massachusetts and was drafted by the New York Giants in 2010. In his rookie year with the Giants, he caught three touchdown passes in a single game against rival New York team, the Jets, before being sidelined for the rest of the season due to a hamstring injury. Cruz never stopped making a name for himself in the game.
This season, on December 24, when the Giants faced off once again against the Jets, Cruz regained his star power by leading his team to a 29-14 victory. He even broke a Giants record by scoring a 99-yard touchdown in a single season! Football fans who didn’t know him before the game, sure know him now.
Cruz is also known for salsa dancing after a touchdown in celebration not only of the game, but also of his proud Latin roots. He told Fox News Latino before a game against the New England Patriots, “My grandmother, when I was growing up, you know how they would always put that music on during the weekends, she would grab me up and we would start dancing.”
He credits his Puerto Rican mother for keeping him focused on making it to professional football. “She was sacrificing things for me that no other person would do. I always give her all the credit. Without her I don't think I would be here right now,” Cruz said to Fox News Latino.
“He never gave up,” his mother told ESPN. “I never gave up on him.”
His team surely won’t give up on the winning wide receiver Cruz has turned out to be. Maybe we’ll see this Latino star player at the Super Bowl this year leading the Giants to the championship title!