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Victor Cruz: You couldn’t paint this story any better

New York Giants' Ereck Flowers (74) watches as wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) pretends to take photos of wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) dancing in the end zone after Cruz caught a pass for a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game agains the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday Sept. 11, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. Cowboys' Morris Claiborne (24) walks away from the scene. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) AP

When Victor Cruz caught a five-yard pass near the two-minute warning in the first half, he pumped his fist with a bit more energy than such a catch usually elicits.

He could be forgiven for his enthusiasm, though. It was Cruz’s first regular season catch since he tore the patellar tendon in his knee in Week Six of 2014, a span that saw Cruz deal with a calf injury that wiped out his 2015 season and doubts about whether he’d ever make it back.

Cruz’s first catch confirmed he was back, but it was his final catch of the night that was really worth the celebration. He found a hole in the middle of the Cowboys defense in the fourth quarter and caught a three-yard touchdown from Eli Manning that gave the Giants a 20-19 lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Cruz did his familiar salsa dance after the score and reveled in the moment after the game.

“Just elated, just in that moment,” Cruz said, via the team’s website. “Couldn’t even describe what was going through my body, to obviously do the dance and make sure I got that down pat and just celebrate with my teammates. Everybody was pulling for me each and every day, each and every week. As we got closer and closer, you could just sense everybody had me in their prayers, pushing for me and excited for me to get dressed and be out there for game one and to score a touchdown. You couldn’t paint this story any better.”

Cruz might not have been the explosive home run hitter of the past on Sunday, but he showed he can be an able complement to Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard at the very least. That makes for both a happy ending to his long road back and a happy start to this phase of Cruz’s career.

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18 Responses to “Victor Cruz: You couldn’t paint this story any better”
  1. dreadnok89 says: Sep 12, 2016 7:35 AM

    Stop the insanity. They almost lost to a historically bad defense. Rookie qb and a weak rookie runningback. Thank God they signed alfred morris.

  2. nbcwantsitsmoneyback says: Sep 12, 2016 7:50 AM

    This has to be one of the best stories of Sunday. Congrats for making it back Mr Cruz..!

  3. edon8334 says: Sep 12, 2016 7:53 AM

    If he gets his feet under him..yikes this will be a good offense

  4. jag1959 says: Sep 12, 2016 7:55 AM

    “Cruz might not have been the explosive home run hitter of the past on Sunday…”

    But he still has amazing chemistry with Eli and it was great to see it on display again. Most Giants fans were hoping for it but few of us were counting on it.

  5. bigbluefan56 says: Sep 12, 2016 7:59 AM

    Welcome back Cruz!

  6. joecool16280 says: Sep 12, 2016 8:14 AM

    Is that even a phrase?

  7. n0hopeleft says: Sep 12, 2016 8:26 AM

    All those who said he was done…….

    Where are you today?

  8. thompgk says: Sep 12, 2016 9:07 AM

    LMAO they basically destroyed the safety well before the ball was in the air on that play.

    Should have been the easiest offensive PI call in NFL history.

  9. arpy911 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:14 AM

    Nice to see. He was a long shot to make it to the NFL in the first place, and doesn’t have an ounce of diva blood in his veins. One of the good guys.

  10. razzzmajazzz says: Sep 12, 2016 9:30 AM

    Great. Now we have to see that stupid salsa dance again every time he does something.

  11. thefootballgodssay says: Sep 12, 2016 9:43 AM

    Cruuuuuuz
    Welcome back #80
    Good luck covering Odell Beckham Jr victor Cruz sterling Shepard
    GO GIANTS

  12. orangeraider says: Sep 12, 2016 10:21 AM

    Boy, this trio of receivers is the best in the NFL

  13. jmuller516 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:53 AM

    If the Giants can get the pass blocking they got today they will be dangerous.

  14. hawkwind8 says: Sep 12, 2016 11:19 AM

    orangeraider says:
    Sep 12, 2016 10:21 AM
    Boy, this trio of receivers is the best in the NFL

    IF that were true Eli must be one of the worst QB’s in the league only putting up 200 yards, and throwing the ball into the dirt and out of bounds.

  15. hawkwind8 says: Sep 12, 2016 11:21 AM

    orangeraider says:
    Sep 12, 2016 10:21 AM
    Boy, this trio of receivers is the best in the NFL

    AJ Green had almost as many yards as all three of your “best” trio put together against Darrel Revis….

  16. jstdad says: Sep 12, 2016 11:22 AM

    thompgk says:
    Sep 12, 2016 9:07 AM
    LMAO they basically destroyed the safety well before the ball was in the air on that play.

    Should have been the easiest offensive PI call in NFL history.

    *****************************************************

    Makes up for the blatant holding calls the home town refs did not call. Typical play in a game.

  17. demskinsbaby says: Sep 12, 2016 12:59 PM

    200 million dollar defense huh?

  18. bkostela says: Sep 13, 2016 12:16 PM

    demskinsbaby says:
    Sep 12, 2016 12:59 PM
    200 million dollar defense huh?
    _____________

    Zeke 20 rushes, 2.5 ypc
    Dak 45 passes, 5.0 ypa (lowest in NFL)
    Dez 1 rec, 8 yds

    Money well spent

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