The New York Giants and Victor Cruz reached a long-term deal this offseason, locking up the wide receiver for the next six years. In doing so, he'll also receive financial security that would be impossible for a player of his age and skill level to find elsewhere in the NFL.
The morning after Victor Cruz stepped out in front of a massive crowd at Milan's Men's Fashion Week, the former Giants star began to reflect on his journey from Paterson, NJ to fashion week and beyond. He had made the naysayers who once doubted him eat their words. He had made every menswear designer want him seated in the front row of their shows. He had shattered the NFL receiving record. He had danced his salsa dance in the end zone after a Super Bowl win. He had outworked everyone from the bottom to make it to the top.
Victor Michael Cruz was born on November 11, 1986, to parents Blanca and Michael in Paterson, NJ. His grandmother Lucy Molina emigrated from Puerto Rico to the United States with no money or home. She raised Victor with her brother and his family, who influenced him greatly. His abuela would cook him sumptuous meals of pork chops and arepas, a South American flatbread. His papi, Fernando DeJesus, woke him up at 6:30 a.m. each day and demanded that he be back in his seat by 5 p.m. or he wouldn't get supper.