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Victor Cruz is a Pro Bowl wide receiver for the New York Giants. In 2011, his first full year for the team, he helped lead the club to victory in Super Bowl XLVI.
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The next year, with injuries plaguing the Giants' receivers at the start of the 2011 season, Cruz was thrust into the starting lineup. He wasted little time taking advantage of the situation. For the regular season, Cruz led the club in receptions and set a club record in receiving yards.
In the NFC title game against the San Francisco 49ers, Cruz caught 10 balls for 142 yards. In Super Bowl XLVI,
Cruz helped steer the Giants to victory over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
Even more than the club's star quarterback, Eli Manning, Cruz proved to be one of the media darlings during the Giants' Super Bowl run. He earned particular notice for his celebrated salsa touchdown dance, which he said he did in honor of his late grandmother.
In June 2013, Cruz, who was fresh off his first Pro Bowl season, inked a new five-year, $43 million contract extension with the Giants.
In January 2012, Cruz and his longtime girlfriend, Elaina Watley, became parents with the birth of their daughter, Kennedy.
In December 2012, just before a game against the Atlanta Falcons, the football star honored 6-year-old Jack Pinto, a big Cruz fan and one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, by writing Pinto's name on his cleats and gloves. Cruz then presented the gloves and cleats to Pinto's brother, Ben.
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