01-19-2012, 02:56 PM
GIANTS' HOT TOPIC: VICTOR CRUZ'S INCREDIBLE EMERGENCE (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/giants_hot_topic_victor_cruzs.html)

"Victor Cruz had 82 catches, 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns in his first real
season of meaningful action with the Giants. He now owns the team's all-time
single-season receiving record for yards, and his year was often defined by huge
plays -- catching a 99-yard touchdown, beating Nnamdi Asomugha for touchdowns,
making juggling catches and plenty more.<div class="entry-content">

Oh, and <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/giants_hot_topic_upload_your_e.html">his
salsa dance has become known</a> throughout the league and metropolitan area,
and even got him an invite to "Dancing with the Stars."</p>

Whether it has been feature stories, columns or game-day stories, plenty has
been written about him, as his success and emergence have been well-documented
by The Star-Ledger. </p>

So now, we thought we'd go back in time to give you a sense of just how the
second-year receiver from Paterson has evolved this season. Check out some of
the articles written about him and then drop down to the <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/giants_hot_topic_victor_cruzs.html#comments">comments
section</a> to talk about Cruz. What we want to know, Giants fans, besides your
thoughts on Cruz, is if you can think of an undrafted, possible sparkle to
record-setting star in such little time like Cruz has?</p>

Aug. 17, 2010 (preseason): <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2010/08/giants_rookie_victor_cruz_livi.html">Rookie
Victor Cruz living a dream after catching three touchdowns against Jets</a></p>

Oct. 30, 2010: <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2010/10/giants_wr_victor_cruz_staying.html">Victor
Cruz staying positive despite season-ending hamstring injury</a></p>

May 10, 2011: <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/05/giants_qb_eli_manning_hosts_se.html">Victor
Cruz joins Eli Manning as QB hosts second week of workouts at Hoboken High

Aug. 13: <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/08/giants_victor_cruz_is_ready_to.html">Victor
Cruz is ready to shine at receiver with Steve Smith gone</a></p>

Aug. 26: <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/08/giants_victor_cruz_aiming_to_c.html">Victor
Cruz aiming to make progress in critical role at wide receiver</a></p>

Sept. 21: <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/09/giants_victor_cruz_learning_to.html">Victor
Cruz learning to get Eli Manning out of 'hot' water</a></p>

Sept. 25: <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/09/politi_with_two_touchdowns_vic.html">Politi:
With two touchdowns, Victor Cruz energizes Giants, stuns 'Dream Team'</a></p>

Sept. 27: <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/09/giants_victor_cruz_makes_waves.html">Victor
Cruz makes waves with big plays against Eagles</a></p>

Oct. 10: <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/10/dalessandro_big_plays_--_both.html">D'Alessandro:
Big plays, both good and bad, continue to define Giants wideout Victor Cruz's

Oct. 16: <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/10/dalessandro_giants_victor_cruz.html">D'Alessandro:
Victor Cruz has risen from Paterson to the NFL, driven by his father's memory
and mother's strength</a></p>

Nov. 8: <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/11/giants_victor_cruz_jake_ballar.html">Victor
Cruz, Jake Ballard developing into key players on offense</a></p>

Nov. 16: <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/11/giants_victor_cruz_learns_from.html">Victor
Cruz learns from night-club shooting he's far from anonymous</a></p>

Dec. 14: <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/giants_wr_victor_cruz_becomes.html">Victor
Cruz becomes household name as he nears single-season receiving record </a></p>

Dec. 25: <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/giants_vs_jets_victor_cruzs_99.html">Victor
Cruz's 99-yard TD vs. Jets gives Giants momentum</a></p>

Dec. 25: <a href="http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2011/12/jets_know_all_about_giants_vic.html">Jets
know all about Victor Cruz after loss</a></p>

Dec. 28: <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2011/12/giants_victor_cruz_doesnt_thin.html">Victor
Cruz doesn't think he's a Pro Bowl snub</a></p>

Jan. 1, 2012: <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/as_giants_play_cowboys_for_nfc.html">As
Giants prep for Cowboys, Victor Cruz draws unprecedented attention</a></p>

Jan 2: <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/new_york_giants_victor_cruz_to.html">Victor
Cruz torches Dallas Cowboys' secondary</a></p>

Jan. 3: <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/dalessandro_victor_cruz_puts_g.html">D'Alessandro:
Victor Cruz puts Giants one step closer to their goal with his astonishing

Jan. 4: <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/falcons_wr_roddy_white_says_vi.html">Falcons
WR Roddy White says Victor Cruz is in for 'rude awakening' and 'good pay day'
next year</a></p>

Jan. 5: <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/victor_cruzs_breakout_season_d.html">Victor
Cruz's breakout season doesn't surprise Giants</a></p>

Jan. 6: <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/giants_wr_victor_cruz_turns_do.html">Victor
Cruz turns down 'Dancing With The Stars' offer, says maybe in the future</a></p>

Jan. 8: <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/victor_cruz_tony_gonzalez_high.html">Victor
Cruz, Tony Gonzalez highlight growth of Hispanic players in NFL</a></p>

Jan. 8: <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/giants_victor_cruz_is_a_walkin.html">Politi:
Giants' Victor Cruz is a walking, breathing 'message of hope' for

Jan. 16: <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/01/giants_vs_49ers_victor_cruz_ea.html">Victor
Cruz eager for another dance with San Francisco's Carlos Rogers</a></p>

We posed the question earlier, and we'll ask it again: Can you think of
another player who has gone from undrafted, possible sparkle to record-setting
star in such little time?</p></div>

01-22-2012, 12:30 PM

01-22-2012, 01:04 PM

Just one of the highlight players of an unpredictable season