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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.

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50 Responses to “Cruz will shop a book, Eli won’t”
  1. t16rich says: Feb 10, 2012 4:47 PM

    My goodness. Let the collapse of Victor Cruz’s football carreer begin.

  2. 2sausage11 says: Feb 10, 2012 4:49 PM

    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

  3. djbleedthestar says: Feb 10, 2012 4:51 PM

    New York can never have enough divas

  4. chalkruz1989 says: Feb 10, 2012 4:52 PM

    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.

  5. thomas2727 says: Feb 10, 2012 4:53 PM

    A coloring book?

  6. doe22us says: Feb 10, 2012 4:53 PM

    I see it right now he is trying way too hard.

  7. bearsstillsuck says: Feb 10, 2012 4:56 PM

    Dumbest book ever.

  8. explosionsauce says: Feb 10, 2012 5:01 PM

    Cruz overload!!!!!

  9. pixelito says: Feb 10, 2012 5:08 PM

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

    By Victor Cruz

  10. 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..

  11. 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?

  12. seageo says: Feb 10, 2012 5:15 PM

    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.

  13. dgbk says: Feb 10, 2012 5:24 PM

    he will holdout before next season..

  14. hardoguy says: Feb 10, 2012 5:24 PM

    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.

  15. worldwidebleater says: Feb 10, 2012 5:25 PM

    Brandon Jacobs will try to read one, if it has lots of pictures.

  16. 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?

  17. bbk1000 says: Feb 10, 2012 5:30 PM

    “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?

  18. be1078 says: Feb 10, 2012 5:34 PM

    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!!!!

  19. clarenceoveur says: Feb 10, 2012 5:46 PM

    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.

  20. herkulease says: Feb 10, 2012 5:53 PM

    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.

  21. chiadam says: Feb 10, 2012 5:59 PM

    “Nobody Cares: the Victor Cruz Story.”

  22. schmitty2 says: Feb 10, 2012 6:08 PM

    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

  23. 4thquartermagic says: Feb 10, 2012 6:09 PM

    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

  24. jerranamo says: Feb 10, 2012 6:09 PM

    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.

  25. Deb says: Feb 10, 2012 6:11 PM

    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.

  26. giants56 says: Feb 10, 2012 6:22 PM

    If Gronk can party and dance on a damaged ankle after LOSING the Super Bowl. Cruz can write a book after WINNING the Super Bowl!

  27. geniusesq says: Feb 10, 2012 6:22 PM

    A man was born. He could play football, so he did.

    The End.

  28. armchairqb says: Feb 10, 2012 6:50 PM

    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.

  29. zaggs says: Feb 10, 2012 7:06 PM

    “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?

  30. towniesman says: Feb 10, 2012 7:10 PM

    be outta the league in 3 yrs

  31. cowboysfan18 says: Feb 10, 2012 7:21 PM

    Do you think Eli’s book will be called, “The Book of Eli”?

  32. psuravens19 says: Feb 10, 2012 7:33 PM

    This guy is really starting to get annoying… and I am or was a fan.

  33. mschurm1 says: Feb 10, 2012 8:44 PM

    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.

  34. westclaims says: Feb 10, 2012 9:36 PM

    You think Fitzgerald would write a book?

    Stay classy man.

  35. hooks024 says: Feb 10, 2012 9:53 PM

    Lol! Eli can’t write!

  36. abninf says: Feb 10, 2012 10:20 PM

    He needs to dance and shake his hips not in front of a mostly male football audience, but on Logo.

  37. dominicthedonkey says: Feb 10, 2012 10:21 PM

    SALSA SALSA….I like to salsa!!!

  38. otrd13 says: Feb 10, 2012 10:28 PM

    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.

  39. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 11, 2012 12:44 AM

    That one time I was playin’ with Hakeem Nicks on the other side, I was open too.

  40. jmsincla says: Feb 11, 2012 12:53 AM

    Others will read said book. I won’t.

  41. hedleykow says: Feb 11, 2012 2:04 AM

    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.”

  42. tramonisland says: Feb 11, 2012 2:38 AM

    Let Jeremy Lin do the New York book. Victor you need to just shut up and work on getting better.

  43. CKL says: Feb 11, 2012 3:01 AM

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

    I hope Victor titles his “Cruz Control”.

  44. clayton43 says: Feb 11, 2012 5:48 AM

    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.

  45. jg725 says: Feb 11, 2012 5:58 AM

    can’t understand all the haters – i guess he would be more accepted if he goes and breks a few laws?

  46. hebertespinosa says: Feb 11, 2012 6:13 AM

    Too soon to call Cruz a legend now, isn’t it?

  47. dsigrey says: Feb 11, 2012 8:37 AM

    David Tyre wrote a book too… then never made another catch… As a Pats fan, I like this kid. I watched him play at UMass, but please.

  48. zetalady1920 says: Feb 11, 2012 9:08 AM

    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!

  49. kenny1976 says: Feb 11, 2012 9:15 AM

    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! :)

  50. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Feb 12, 2012 6:57 PM

    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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