Victor Cruz is saying goodbye to the Giants.
The 30-year-old was just released as a wide receiver from the NFL team.
"I pretty much grew up in front of the eyes of this entire organization," Cruz said in a statement. "The Giants fan base, the community, my hometown, my family. I grew up there. It's very much a family atmosphere and it's very much like leaving your family. That's what it feels like. I did some great things there.”
Now that the Giants have released Cruz, they are freeing up $7.5 million in salary to the team. The New York team also released running back Rashad Jennings to free another $2.5 million.
"There are so many experiences, times and moments that I shared in that building with that team in that jersey," he said. "Those can't be replaced or forgotten. I'm happy I have those moments to look back on."
Jerry Reese, general manager, said Cruz was “one of the greatest stories in the National Football League.”
Cruz exploded onto the scene in 2011 and 2012 especially after catching a touchdown pass when the Giants won the Super Bowl in 2012. He struggled to gain that momentum back after suffering a knee surgery.
"He came in here and earned everything that he's gotten," Reese said in the Giants' statement. "It has been amazing to see him grow from an undrafted free agent to a Pro Bowl player and one of our go-to guys during the Super Bowl XLVI run. He will always be one of the great Giants.”
We can’t wait to see what he gets up to know that he isn’t with the NFL anymore.