Victor Cruz Biography
Victor Michael Cruz is a talented former American football wide receiver, who played college football at UMass, and signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He won Super Bowl XLVI over the New England Patriots and made the 2012 Pro Bowl with the Giants.
Victor Cruz Age
How old is Cruz? He is 36 years old as of 2023. Cruz was born in Paterson, New Jersey, on November 11, 1986.
Victor Cruz Education
Cruz was twice sent home from the University of Massachusetts for initially struggling to combine his college studies with his career. After becoming eligible to play for the University of Massachusetts, he went on to have both a solid college football and to complete a BA in Afro-American Studies.
Victor Cruz Height|Weight
He stands on an average height of 5 feet 9 inches and weighs around 80kgs.
Victor Cruz Family
Cruz was born in Paterson, New Jersey, on November 11, 1986, to Blanca Cruz and Michael Walker, a firefighter. His father was African American and his mother is Puerto Rican. Cruz’s father died by suicide in 2007.
Victor Cruz Wife
He was in a relationship with actress Karrueche Tran from November 2017 through January 2021 and has a daughter, Kennedy, with Elaina Watley. In the summer of 2010, Cruz founded the “Young Whales” clothing line with former teammate Nate Collins. Cruz and former teammate Osi Umenyiora were among the brand’s original models.
Victor Cruz Children
Cruz has a daughter, Kennedy, with Elaina Watley.
Victor Cruz Career
He is ranked fourth on the all-time UMass receptions list with 131 catches in his career, even though he didn’t start a game until his junior season. Cruz was named a first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association wide receiver for the years 2008 and 2009. He scored 11 touchdowns in his career and had just under 2000 receiving yards.
He was signed by the New York Giants the day after the draft after he failed to be drafted in 2010. In a preseason game, Cruz helped the Giants win 31-16 by catching six passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns.
As the preseason was ending he was leading the NFL with 297 receiving yards, tied for the preseason lead with four touchdown catches, and was selected to the Giants’ 53-man regular-season roster. He got praise and critics for his performance throughout the preseason. A hamstring injury placed him on injured reserve for the year after only three games at the start of the season.
Victor Cruz Eagles
Victor began the 2011 season as the team’s fourth wide receiver after they lost Steve Smith to free agency before an injury to Domenik Hixon led to him receiving a larger role in the Giants’ win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Cruz’s highlight came against a heavily favored Eagles team where he made a reception between two defenders which took him to the end zone for a touchdown. He finished the game with 3 catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns, the first and second of his career.
In the fourth quarter with the Giants trailing 27-24 to the Arizona Cardinals, Cruz made a reception and went down without being touched at the Cardinals’ 29-yard line and released the ball as he got up. A cardinal picked up the ball as if it was still alive believing that Cruz had fumbled and not touched it. The play was whistled dead, but further replay after the game showed Cruz did appear to fumble. On the next play, Eli Manning threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Hakeem Nicks.
Cruz caught a one-handed 68-yard touchdown reception off a tipped pass in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Cruz also lost a fumble allowing Seattle to tie later in the game. With the Giants trailing Cruz slipped on his route with the ball in the air and in an attempt to catch the ball, tipped it into the arms of Brandon Browner, who returned it 94 yards for the game-clinching touchdown.
Victor Cruz NFL
Cruz tied the NFL record with an explosive 99-yard touchdown catch against the New York Jets in Week 16. His 89 yards after the catch on the play is the most by a receiver on a 99-yard reception. Cruz also surpassed Amani Toomer as the record holder for the most single-season receiving yards by a Giant. The catch has constantly been highlighted as the turning point of the Giants’ 2011 season.
In the final playoff slot in the NFC against Dallas Cowboys, Cruz had six receptions for 178 yards, including the game’s first score with a 74-yard touchdown catch, as well as a fourth quarter, 44-yard catch on third and seven that put the Giants in position to make a field goal that put the Giants up by two scores.
The Giants added another touchdown, a 4-yard pass from Eli Manning to Hakeem Nicks, setting a record of 15 fourth-quarter touchdown passes in one season for Eli Manning and beat the Cowboys 31–14. He was praised for terrific route running and decimating the Cowboy’s defense. Cruz finished the season with a single-season franchise record of 1,536 receiving yards on 82 receptions and nine touchdowns. He was named a Second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press.
Victor Cruz Super Bowl XLVI
Cruz had 10 catches for 142 yards—all in the first half—as the Giants edged the 49ers, 20–17, in overtime to advance to Super Bowl XLVI. The Giants went on to win the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots for another title.
He was popular with celebrating every touchdown with a salsa dance. The New York Daily News even had a dance instructor write about his technique. Cruz’s touchdown dance led to him receiving an offer to appear on Dancing with the Stars, which he turned down. Cruz stated that it was in honor of his deceased grandmother.
Cruz signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears but was released afterward.
The Giants suffered many injuries at the wide receiver position and speculations of Cruz’s reunion started to surface. However, the deal ended up collapsing.
He joined ESPN as an analyst after announcing his retirement. He signed a one-day contract with the New York Giants to officially retire from the team. Cruz hosted the first season of MTV’s The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros.
Victor Cruz Salary|Net Worth
Cruz has an estimated salary ranging between $70,000 – $125,000 and has an estimated net worth of $1 Million -$5 Million which he earns from his broadcasting career.
Victor Cruz Social Media Platforms
He is very active on all social media accounts and he is often seen posting on his platforms. Cruz has over 570.7k followers on Twitter, 3.1k followers on Facebook, and 2.9 k followers on Instagram.