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Victor Cruz says celebrity won’t go to his head

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It’s been quite a year for Victor Cruz.

The Giants receiver wasn’t a sure thing to make the team at this point last year and started last season near the bottom of the depth chart, but wound up with 82 catches, several highlight reel touchdowns, a Super Bowl ring and an outsize celebrity born of his salsa dancing touchdown celebrations. Since the end of the season, he’s appeared at just about every event with a red carpet and released a memoir about his brief NFL career, but he told Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger that he hasn’t let any of the celebrity get in the way of his football responsibilities.

“It’s just understanding that it’s not over,” Cruz said. “I still got some years ahead of me, I still got goals that I want to reach. It’s a short window in this league. I just got to approach every day like it’s my last.”

Cruz should be able to derive plenty of motivation from his contract. He’s set to make $540,000 this year, the final year of his rookie contract, and he stands to cash in with a massive raise if he can replicate last year’s success. Cruz could have made a push for a new deal this offseason, but chose not to force the issue and will deal with the contract down the line.

It’s a risk, since an injury could lead to millions left on the table but it is a situation that should keep Cruz from letting his newfound fame get in the way of his real job.

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6 Responses to “Victor Cruz says celebrity won’t go to his head”
  1. grbigblue says: Jul 22, 2012 10:37 AM

    Victor Cruz is the man. Please sign him long term Mr. Reese, he is a true Giant. It is also loads of fun watching him consistently make DB’s look silly.

  2. wussbasket says: Jul 22, 2012 10:41 AM

    guy is in his mid 20’s and already has a book written about him… yeah he wont let it get to his head

  3. pixelito says: Jul 22, 2012 11:11 AM

    The Dallas Cowboy killer

  4. zack2482 says: Jul 22, 2012 11:36 AM

    Won’t be a Cowboy killer anymore. Claiborne and Carr will have him on lockdown. Eli won’t have an easy target since Newman is gone!

  5. abninf says: Jul 22, 2012 2:14 PM

    When you have a book written after one season in the league and are best known for shaking your hips in front of a male audience (yeah delete it again PFT) then you have DIVA written all over you.

  6. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 22, 2012 8:20 PM

    Pretty sure he’ll embarass most of the teams in this league over the next 10 years or so.

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