Victor Cruz must be part elephant.
The Giants wide receiver keeps a file of trash talk, and isn’t going to forget anything said about him or his team that he might need for motivation later.
When Brandon Carr signed a $50 million contract with the Cowboys, he gave Cruz all he needed.
“All that salsa dancing, that’s fine, but you’ve got to come through me,” Carr said during an appearance on ESPN. “I don’t plan on seeing no dancing.”
Cruz grinned and initially brushed off the remark when asked Saturday, but admitted he recalled it.
“Yeah, definitely. You always kind of use little things to get you riled up and get you ready to play,” Cruz told Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger. “It just so happens some team gives you something. It is what it is; you put it in the back of your mind and you go out there and prepare like you do every week.”
When opponents mock his salsa dancing, as Carlos Rogers did last year, that gets his attention quickly.
“It is, because it’s so sacred for me. It’s something I do for my grandmom,” Cruz said. “So when somebody mocks it, it kind of ticks me off a little bit. That’s more so when I get upset.”
Carr didn’t go there, but then again, it’s early in the week. There’s still plenty of time.