Originally signed as a rookie free agent by the New York Giants on April 25, 2010, Victor Cruz has become one of the most dynamic and exciting athletes on the New York sports scene in recent memory.
Cruz began his football career at Paterson Catholic High School in Paterson, N.J., where he played wide receiver and defensive back; was a first-team All-North Jersey, All-Passaic County, All-B.P.S.L., and Parochial All-State; and a second-team Associated Press All-State selection.
Cruz spent his college years at the University of Massachusetts and was named a first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association wide receiver (2008 and 2009). While majoring in African American studies, he accumulated 131 receptions for 1,958 yards and 11 touchdowns. He currently ranks sixth in school history in pass reception yards and fifth in pass receptions.
In 2010, Cruz instantaneously became a fan favorite for celebrating every touchdown he scored with his signature salsa dance. By 2011, he had eclipsed the all-time Giants single- season receiving record and was named second-team All-Pro. That year, he was at his very best when helping the Giants to win 20-17 in overtime against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC title game. Cruz and the Giants continued on to win Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots in historic fashion, which in turn, earned Cruz a place in the hearts of Giants fans around the world.
To date, Cruz has played in 35 regular-season games, with 23 starts for the New York Giants. The 2012 Pro Bowl wide receiver has started in four postseason games including Super Bowl XLVI. In the postseason, Cruz has caught 21 passes for 269 yards and one touchdown. Throughout his professional football career, he has amassed 168 receptions for 2,628 yards and 19 touchdowns.
On July 8, 2013, Cruz signed a five-year contract extension following his earlier one-year tender with the New York Giants.
Off the field, Cruz has devoted his time to numerous causes and is an active philanthropist. He has created the Victor Cruz Foundation, which encourages children to become physically active, and focuses on college readiness, financial literacy, and STEM programming. This year he partnered with the NY/NJ Super Bowl Committee Snowflake Youth Foundation to rebuild the Paterson Boys and Girls Club. Cruz has become a role model to a new generation of Giants fans through his acts of kindness and compassion.