Victor Cruz announced his retirement today and reports say he will be an NFL analyst at ESPN. However, Victor Cruz will always be remembered amongst Giants fans. He will be remembered by his 99-yard touchdown against the Jets, his three amazing seasons (not to mention we won a super bowl with him in 2011), and his electric salsa dances in the endzone. Here is a brief story of Victor Cruz’s career:
Cruz was an undrafted free agent out of UMass in 2010. He signed with the New York Giants and had an amazing preseason with 297 receiving yards (#1 in the NFL that year). He played in three regular season games that year but did not record a catch. After those three games Cruz suffered a hamstring injury that resulted in him being placed on injured reserve for the rest of the season.
Cruz then bounced back with a record season that resulted in the Giants winning the super bowl. During this season Cruz surpassed Amani Toomer as the single season receiving yards holder for the New York Giants with 1536 yards. Cruz also finished the season with 9 touchdowns. Cruz then had a strong playoffs, especially conference championship game, with 269 yards and 1 touchdown. His performances helped to lead the Giants to their fourth super bowl victory.
Over the next two years Cruz totaled for 2090 yards and 14 touchdowns. Following that Cruz suffered from various injuries which led him to not play many games in 2014 and 2015. Finally, Cruz played most of the 2016 season but was in the shadow of young receivers: Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard. Cruz then was released after the Giants failed to win a playoff game.
Cruz then was signed buy the Chicago Bears but was released soon after. Cruz spent the 2017 season away from football and then retired today. Cruz did not have the best career but he will always be remembered by Giants fans.