Victor Cruz (American football)

  • Super Bowl XLVI
  • Pro Bowl 2012
  • Longest pass catcher NFL history ( set 99 yards)
  • New York Giants club record for space gain ( 1,536 yards)

Victor Martell Cruz III ( born November 11, 1986 in Paterson ( New Jersey)) is an American professional American football player for the New York Giants in the National Football League ( NFL). The 1.83 meter tall Cruz plays the position of Wide receiver and won with the Giants to Super Bowl XLVI.


Cruz had a rather quiet career in college football for the Minutemen of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Therefore he was obliged in the NFL Draft 2010 by any team, but managed as a rookie free agent in the training squad of Giants coach Tom Coughlin of. After a good pre-season game against local rival New York Jets in which he scored three touchdowns, he made ​​the jump to the 53 -man squad and graduated as a reservist three season games, but without being able to record a single catch.

2011 Cruz came unexpectedly into the starting lineup after first Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith left the club and successively set before him receiver Mario Manningham, Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon injured. Cruz justified the confidence when he was in his first game from the start against the Philadelphia Eagles began direct two touchdown throws by quarterback Eli Manning. With consistently good performances, he played in the basic formation, recorded among others against the Jets a 99 - yard touchdown run and finished the regular season with 1,536 yards from space gain ( Giants club record ) and nine touchdowns. With the Giants Cruz succeeded in gaining the Super Bowl XLVI, where he touchdown for temporarily marked 8-0 at 21:17 victory. In the following season, 2012 Cruz was able to confirm the performance ( 1,092 yards space gain, caught 86 passes, ten touchdowns ), but the Giants missed the playoffs. 2012 Victor Cruz was first elected to the Pro Bowl, where he could catch a touchdown pass from Eli Manning.

Private life

Cruz has a daughter with his fiancée Elaine. His mother came from Puerto Rico, which is why he celebrates every touchdown with some South American salsa steps.