Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has officially retired from the NFL and will join ESPN as an NFL analyst.
Cruz, 31, totaled 4549 yards over 70 career games. He made the Pro Bowl in 2012 and won Super Bowl XLVIII with the Giants, accumulating 269 total yards in four playoff games.
Cruz was limited to just six games in 2014 due to a torn patellar tendon and missed the next season as well due to an associated calf injury. His career is one that obviously was cut a bit short as a feel-good story from a former undrafted free-agent, born in Paterson, New Jersey, a short distance from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Cruz was one of the most electrifying players in the league during his prime years of production.
His patented “salsa” touchdown celebration helped make him a fan favorite among the Big Blue faithful.
Cruz had been preparing for a while for his next career move after football, and after not getting a ral chance to make a team after parting with the Giants a year ago, he has decided to enact that plan, using his charming presence and media savvy in his next career with ESPN.
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