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Will Giants Put Victor Cruz in the Ring of Honor?

Victor Cruz retired this week, ending his short but illustrious NFL career. Cruz burst on the scene as an undrafted free agent out of UMass back in 2010 and added both an explosive and entertaining element to the New York Giants community.

Cruz, 31, will now become an analyst at ESPN.

In seven seasons for Big Blue, Cruz totaled 303 catches for 4,549 yards and 25 touchdowns. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2012. He also had a touchdown catch in the Giants’ Super Bowl XLVI victory over the New England Patriots.

His NFL career spanned just 70 games but his legacy will last forever in the hearts and minds of Giant fans. A freak knee injury in Week 6 of the 2014 season in which Cruz tore his patellar tendon effectively ended his career.

Victor had a terrific career and a great Giant, and a guy who kind of exploded onto the scene in this preseason game versus the Jets … in 2010,” Eli Manning said. “He kind of got injured, missed that whole year. 2011 is when he came on and really just had a great feel for the offense, for his routes in that slot, and he was tough to cover. Running down the field, breaking in, we gave him a lot of options. He mastered some of those concepts and gave him a great opportunity to get open and make big plays for us. Tremendous player, and a great guy. He was in the locker room a few weeks ago. I got to talk with him and hang out with him. Obviously, I wish him all the best going forward. I think he’s gone to the dark side and has gone into the media (laughter). I wish him all the best going over there.”

“Obviously, the Jets game 2011, second to last game of the season, a 99-yarder just on a little option route,” Manning said. “Catch it 10 yards and make the corner miss, and then outrun the safeties for a huge play at the time – leading to us making the playoffs in the first place. Obviously, the touchdown in the Super Bowl over the middle. There’s too many, a lot to choose from, a bunch of huge plays.”

Not to mention his panache that included his signature salsa touchdown celebration. Cruz then went on to become an international brand as a spokesperson, model and entrepreneur.

Will the Giants put Cruz up on their Ring of Honor? It’s hard to say. As a Giant fan, follower and journalist, I would have no problem with that. His story is compelling – a local kid who walked onto the Giants’ practice field, became an NFL superstar and helped them win a championship. And did it with class and flair.

Well done, Vic. Put his name up in the Ring.

 

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