Carlos Rogers admires Victor Cruz’s dancing.
But he’s not going to back down from doing it himself, even if Cruz takes offense.
“I like the dance, actually,” the 49ers cornerback said, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “I really can’t do it as good as him but. But if I make a play or get an interception on him in my mind, just do his dance.”
Rogers did his version of the dance after an interception in their regular season win over the Giants, and Cruz said prior to the NFC Championship Game it was a “little disrespectful.”
He devoted a longer passage in his book “Out of the Blue,” to it as well.
“Then with his teammates cheering him on, he did a sarcastic salsa dance over me,” Cruz wrote. “The Candlestick Park crowd went ballistic, but I wasn’t laughing. It was a sign of disrespect. Instead of getting up and retaliating, though, I sat and watched Rogers finish his cheap Victor Cruz imitation. I promised to never forget it. I wasn’t sure when the opportunity would present itself but I was confident I’d get payback for that dance.”
Cruz proceeded to catch eight passes for 125 yards in the first half of the NFC Championship Game, and has been an a similar roll this season, tied for the league lead in touchdown receptions, and in the top 10 in both receptions and yardage.
That matters much more than the dance, but the dance is adding a little spice to a game that won’t need much more.