Cruz will shop a book, Eli won’t

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Giants receiver Victor Cruz, who has gone from undrafted to setting a franchise record for receiving yardage in only two seasons, has a compelling story.  And now he’s going to tell it in writing.

The New York Post reports that David Waxman of the Waxman Literary Agency will meet with publishers next week to shop Cruz’s tale.

But his teammate, Eli Manning, continues to refuse to do a book.  “He’s turned down big money — seven figure deals — in the past,” a publishing source told the Post, which also reports per a source close to Eli that he has “no interest” in writing a book right now.

Cruz was praised for passing on an opportunity to do TV’s Dancing With The Stars, which would have distracted him from preparations for his third NFL season.  The challenge for Cruz will be to avoid enough other entanglements that could have the same effect.

Cruz’s positive image flows from a no-frills approach to being the best player he can be.  If he tries too hard to convert his fame into cash, that image could take a hit.

50 responses to “Cruz will shop a book, Eli won’t

  1. So far he is a one year wonder and he is doing a book….LOL. Why not wait and see what next year and the year after bring. Then if you put up big numbers think about it. Look you sound like a good kid but don’t let it go to your head and be some diva

  2. I agree with you on this one Mike. As a Giants fan, and huge Victor Cruz fan, I feel that he needs to slow down and not lose focus on what got him to where he is know. I don’t blame him for what he’s doing, because his job is to cash in as quick as possible because a future in the NFL is not guaranteed. Hopefully this doesn’t cloud his head and change him.

  3. “HOW TO RUIN THE LIVES OF COWBOY, JET, FALCON, PACKER, NINER and PATRIOT FANS IN ONLY 6 WEEKS”

    By Victor Cruz

  4. hes trying to cash in thats all.. the kid is not a diva.. he turned down dancing with the stars and for the people that say hes a 1 year wonder, you dont put up stats like that and make plays like he did and not continue to produce as your career goes on..

  5. How come Blake Griffin can be NBA ROY after missing his rookie season with an injury but Victor Cruz doesn’t qualify?

  6. You do realize that these athletes don’t actually “write” a book right? They sit down with the publisher and writers, answer questions and tell stories and they put it into a creative and structured book. Its not something that will take up much time for him as he is not writing it. If he wants to make some extra cash more power to him. Totally different than practicing hours everyday dancing.

  7. Yeah, I can totally see how a book deal signals the collapse of his career…

    The kid had one of the best seasons a Giants wideout has ever had.

    He single handely changed the Giants season with his touchdown against the Jets.

    Find me a more inspirational story for young kids everywhere. From NJ to Umass, going from a pre-season masterpiece to an afterthought on IR, to Superbowl champion.

    If you don’t think he should slam dunk on the oppourtunity to put his name on a book then you’re just a stiff.

  8. Why shouldn’t Cruz write a book? Didn’t the other HC in NY Rex Ryan write a book after winning his second Lombardi Trophy last year?

  9. “Giants receiver Victor Cruz, who has gone from undrafted to setting a franchise record for receiving yardage in only two seasons, has a compelling story. And now he’s going to tell it in writing”

    I guess we are speaking of a single season franchise record?

  10. Let the man cash in and have some fun. He has played better then half the draft picks and now that he has a ring he can play. All these haters making comments obviously don’t know how hard he may of had to work to even start for the giants of new york. So again ” have fun boriqua!!!!

  11. So he goes from end of the roster, league minimum sort to superstar, and would like to cash in before the clock stikes 12. Excuse me if I’m not offended. I imagine that he can both work out and spend a few hours a day answering questions into some guys tape recorder.

  12. Blake griffin can win NBA rookie of the year although he was drafted in the year before because he never officially played a game that counted.

    He only played in the preseason and got injured. It goes down as exhibition game

    the NFLPA defines a rookie as only as someone that as a person who has never signed an NFL Player Contract.

    Victor cruz obviously signed an NFL contract and played in 3 games his 1st season before being injuried.

  13. nygiants1090 says:
    Feb 10, 2012 5:10 PM
    hes trying to cash in thats all.. the kid is not a diva.. he turned down dancing with the stars and for the people that say hes a 1 year wonder, you dont put up stats like that and make plays like he did and not continue to produce as your career goes on..

    Google “Desean Jackson” and get back to me on that

  14. Eli is waiting for his bro to either solidify or tarnish his own legacy before he writes the book,

    “Living in My Less Successful Brothers’ Shadow: The Eli Manning Story.”

    Co-Author Cooper Manning

    Forward by Tom Brady

  15. is he coming off diva-ish? Yes, and a lot of people dont like it…

    BUT, this is football and these guys careers can end at any time – make as much money as you can, while you can.

  16. Cruz made the right call on Dancing With the Stars. Much as I love Hines Ward, I’d have preferred he’d waited until after retirement to do the show. Olympic beach volleyball Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor ruptured her Achilles doing that program. It’s not worth the risk while you’re still playing football–especially not for someone as young as Cruz.

    As for writing a book … the Mannings are smart businessmen. Eli will have plenty of time to dictate his life story after football. I doubt Keyshawn Johnson’s rookie opus, Just Give Me the Damn Ball, endeared him to teammates or helped further his football career.

  17. Happens to every Super Bowl team. There will be the requisite number of books from many participants. And Giants fans will be sure to buy this one in the fall when it’s $.99 in the bargain section. It’s kinda like buying a Super Bowl program.

    Oh, and needless to say — no one will actually read it.

  18. “kd75 says: Feb 10, 2012 5:13 PM

    How come Blake Griffin can be NBA ROY after missing his rookie season with an injury but Victor Cruz doesn’t qualify?”

    A better question is how is he not the comeback player of the year? What did Alex Smith come back from? His own crappy play?

  19. This guy set a Giants all time record for receiving yardage and was one of the best players on a SB-winning team for a salary of $450,000. He tries to cash in on a book deal and gets criticized. A lot of fans are complete idiots.

  20. cruz truly has an amazing story and god forbid he tears his acl in training camp and gets nothing for it. i have several friends that have played against him, met him, and chatted with him, as i live close to paterson. all say hands down one of the most down to earth people theyve ever met…. get ur money kid, you deserve it.

  21. Hopefully Cruz will do more than cut and paste out of the Bible like Tebow did. Of course, Cruz probably has some interesting life stories other than, “I went to church, then I protested against birth control, then I did what I like to call The Tebow while pretending to pray.”

  22. cowboysfan18 says:
    Feb 10, 2012 7:21 PM
    Do you think Eli’s book will be called, “The Book of Eli”?
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    😀

    I hope Victor titles his “Cruz Control”.

  23. sounds like T.O, Desean, MeShawn Johnson, Chad Johnson… I liked watching him and rootedd for him in playing as I did the Giants as a whole in the playoffs. Most of these guys anymore are self centered ego maniacs who have so much attention and if they dont get it … well they turn out like Desean, Chad, Meshawn, T.O…. Good luck Cruz.. you will be just like them.

  24. This kid has a story to tell which will be helpful to other young men. Let him do what he can to help these kids succeed. And why not get paid for writing a book? He has earned the right to tell his story….so let him tell it. And as long as there is an e-book version, I will buy it!

  25. ampats says:
    Feb 10, 2012 5:26 PM
    Why shouldn’t Cruz write a book? Didn’t the other HC in NY Rex Ryan write a book after winning his second Lombardi Trophy last year?

    I think Rex wrote a cookbook! 🙂

  26. At least Cruz’s book was sparked by a whole great season. David Tyree somehow created a book because he made one great catch in his whole career.

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