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Victor Cruz will dance, but not “With the Stars”

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Giants receiver Victor Cruz has rocketed to prominence, going from undrafted free agent in 2010 to one of the best young receivers in the league.  Throw in the fact that he plays in the world’s leading media market and that he likes to do a little salsa shuffle after scoring a touchdown, and Cruz has become a target for ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.

But unlike non-retired football players who have accepted the invitation (including Jason Taylor, Chad Ochocinco, and Hines Ward), Cruz has politely sidestepped the opportunity.

“I just want to be focused on football and focused on what’s to come, and I’m just not at the point in my career where I feel like I need to do that,” Cruz told Neil Best of Newsday.

Cruz made the right call.  He’s had one good year, he hasn’t gotten a long-term deal, and he may never get one if he can’t duplicate in 2012 what he did in 2011.  Besides, if he keeps doing what he did this season, the offers will continue.

Cruz had an inkling that the opportunity was in the offing, and he also thinks he’d do well.

“I think I’d be all right,” Cruz told Best.  “You have to practice like 20 hours a week, so any time you practice that much, you really should be pretty good.”

And so the producers of the show will have to continue to search for their perfunctory athlete/football player for the next season of the show.  There’s a good chance Tiki Barber will ultimately be flabbergasted.

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17 Responses to “Victor Cruz will dance, but not “With the Stars””
  1. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 8, 2012 10:23 AM

    Good move. Focus on football, and securing that big contract

  2. JakeDSnake says: Jan 8, 2012 10:26 AM

    Let’s not be hasty here people. Give Tiki a few more years and he should be back in the NFL by…nevermind.

  3. bluefan204 says: Jan 8, 2012 10:31 AM

    So glad he turned it down. He’s a good kid, and obviously has a good head on his shoulders. That being said…


  4. jasku880 says: Jan 8, 2012 10:32 AM

    learn something from him steve smith

  5. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Jan 8, 2012 10:32 AM

    I say he will get two dances today !

  6. jonka says: Jan 8, 2012 10:38 AM

    This is what differentiates the Giants from the Jets.

  7. Soulman45 says: Jan 8, 2012 10:46 AM

    Good be a great football player it will be time for all the thing that will come your way.

  8. raiders757 says: Jan 8, 2012 10:48 AM

    Thank goodness. I find it sad when NFL players participate in that stupid show. Men need to take the remote back and get Dancing with the D-list off the air. It belongs on the women’s Lifetime network, not on prime time TV.

  9. mancave001 says: Jan 8, 2012 10:57 AM

    Dude is a BEAST.


    An Eagles fan.

  10. ranoversquarells says: Jan 8, 2012 10:58 AM


  11. bigbluefan56 says: Jan 8, 2012 11:05 AM

    The merengue will be blasting out Giants Stadium all afternoon! Go Crrruuuuuuuuuzzzzzzz!!!

    Thats right, I called it “Giants Stadium”!!!!!!! Thsats what it will always be, Jets fans!!!!!!

  12. daveyjones1 says: Jan 8, 2012 11:13 AM

    Hopefully he dances a little today!!

    Seriously though, how has dancing with the stars helped anybody’s football career? Ward, Taylor, and Chad didn’t exactly light it up after dancing with the stars.

  13. mariorat says: Jan 8, 2012 11:23 AM

    Y después que le pongan salsa…

  14. suckitny says: Jan 8, 2012 11:37 AM


  15. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Jan 8, 2012 11:57 AM

    are we that short on stories at playoff time that we have to repeat them on consecutive days?

    “Giants WR Victor Cruz turned down an invitation to compete on Dancing With the Stars.”

  16. kyleortonsarm says: Jan 8, 2012 11:58 AM

    DWTS is where burned out and irrelevant athletes go to die. I can’t blame him for not subjecting himself to the embarrassment that comes from being associated with a Jersey Shore quality show.

  17. bigtimepackfan says: Jan 8, 2012 3:13 PM

    who really cares about dancing with the stars. what a stupid program. go pack go.

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