Victor Michael Cruz was born in Paterson, New Jersey on November 11, 1986. A wide receiver for the New York Giants, he is a one-time Super Bowl Champion, one-time Pro Bowler and currently holds the Giants' record for receiving yards in a single season. He is known for his touchdown celebration, which consists of a salsa dance.
During his youth, Cruz attended both Paterson Catholic High School and Bridgton Academy. At Paterson, he helped the team to win the New Jersey Parochial Group I Title in his senior year, as the team posted an 11-0 record. Cruz, for his contributions, received All-State honors and went on to earn a place at the University of Massachusetts.
At college, Cruz initially struggled to balance his football career with his studies and was almost kicked off the football team as a result of his grades. However, he went on to enjoy a successful career with the UMass Minutemen, despite not playing until his junior year. In total, he managed 131 receptions, which places him inside the school's top five for catches. For both the 2008 and 2009 seasons, he was named first team All-CAA.
In the 2010 NFL Draft, Cruz went undrafted, but was picked up the following day by the New York Giants. After impressing during the preseason period, he made the Giants' regular season roster and managed to make five appearances, before injury cut his rookie season short.
Although he began the 2011 season as the Giants' fourth wide receiver, Cruz went on to play a major role for the team as they advanced to Super Bowl XLVI. Over the course of the regular season, Cruz set a new single-season franchise record of 1,536 receiving yards. In a week 16 game against the NEw York Jets, he equalled the all-time NFL record for longest receiving touchdown, with a 99 yard touchdown catch. He was voted as the VIZIO Top Value Performer and was named AP second team All-Pro, before helping the Giants beat the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl.
At the end of the 2012 season, Cruz received the first Pro Bowl selection of his career. In 2013, he signed a new six-year contract with the New York Giants.
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