According to reports, Former Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has decided to hang up his cleats and begin a new chapter in his life as an analyst for ESPN.
Cruz’s story is one that no one will soon forget. Undrafted out of the University of Massachusetts, he was signed by the Giants in the preseason. He was fighting for a roster spot, way down in the depth chart at the wide receiver position. Coupled by his stellar play and some injuries to other wideouts, Big Blue decided to keep him around. He worked his way up from the bottom and would go on to be an important part of New York’s success for years to come.
In his first full two seasons with the Giants, Cruz recorded 1,536 yards with 9 touchdowns, and 1,092 yards along with ten touchdowns, respectively. However, 2011 was clearly the more memorable for the former Pro-Bowler. In that year, he earned Second Team All-Pro honors for his outstanding performance during the season and even tied an NFL record that will stand as long as the clock continues to turn, recording a 99-yard reception on Christmas Eve against the other team that represents the Big Apple, the New York Jets.
Cruz along with the rest of his teammates would eventually go on to win the Super Bowl that year, taking down Tom Brady and the New England Patriots yet again. He performed well in the big game given Belichek’s specific instructions to his defense to shut him down completely to force Eli’s hand to get his secondary options more involved. Cruz caught every ball thrown at him, totaling four receptions for 25 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown pass for the first end zone trip of the game for either team.
Now that his career is officially over, Cruz intends to pursue other opportunities in football at ESPN. “As I officially close one chapter of my life and begin another, I could not be more thrilled to join another championship team at ESPN,” said Cruz. “I’m excited to get started and share my insight and analysis with the viewers and fans of the NFL.”
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