Victor Cruz
WR #80
Paterson, NJ

Quick Stats (2016):



-    Originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Giants on April 25, 2010

-    In 2012, Cruz was selected to his 1st Pro Bowl, where he set the game record with 10 receptions in the NFC’s 62-35 victory. He was only the 2nd Giants wide receiver to be elected to the Pro Bowl since Homer Jones in 1968; Steve Smith was chosen in 2009 after he caught a franchise-record 107 passes.
-    Originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Giants on April 25, 2010

-    In 2012, Cruz was selected to his 1st Pro Bowl, where he set the game record with 10 receptions in the NFC’s 62-35 victory. He was only the 2nd Giants wide receiver to be elected to the Pro Bowl since Homer Jones in 1968; Steve Smith was chosen in 2009 after he caught a franchise-record 107 passes.

-    Has played in 55 regular-season games with 41 starts and he started all 4 postseason games in which he played…Career totals include 264 receptions for 3,963 yards (15.0-yard avg.) and 24 touchdowns…He has at least 2 receptions in 51 consecutive games in which he’s played…In the postseason Cruz has caught 21 passes for 269 yards and 1 touchdown.
-    Cruz’s 264 receptions place him 12th on the Giants’ career list…Cruz has caught all 264 passes from Manning, the 2nd-highest total among the 61 receivers with a last 1 catch of a Manning pass. Hakeem Nicks is 1st with 306.
-    His 3,963 yards place him 14th on that list and his 24 touchdown receptions leave are the franchise’s 16th-highest total…Cruz’s 18 regular-season games with at least 100 yards are the 2nd-highest total in team history, behind only Amani Toomer’s 22.
-    In 2014, Cruz started each of the season’s first 6 games before suffering a torn right patellar tendon at Philadelphia (10/12). He was placed on injured reserve 2 days later…Season totals included 23 catches for 337 yards and a touchdown…Opened the season with 2 catches for 24 yards at Detroit (9/8) and followed with 5 receptions for 60 yards vs. Arizona (9/14)…Cruz caught 5 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown vs. Houston (9/21) in the Giants’ 1st victory of the season. It was Cruz’s first 100-yard game since Nov. 17, 2013 vs. Green Bay and the 1st by a Giants receiver since Nicks had 135 yards on 5 catches at San Diego on Dec. 8, 2013…Cruz scored the game’s 1st touchdown on a 26-yard reception, his 1st score since Sept. 29, 2013 at Kansas City and his 1st at home since Dec. 30, 2012 vs. Philadelphia. Cruz had played 12 games and caught 65 passes between touchdowns…In the 1st quarter, Cruz had a 61-yard catch-and-run, his longest reception since his 69-yard touchdown at Kansas City last Sept. 29. It was his longest catch of the season…Finished with 6 receptions for 108 yards at Washington (9/25). It was his 18th career regular-season 100-yard game, which is 2nd in franchise history to Toomer’s 22. The Giants are 10-8 when Cruz has at least 100 yards…Caught 3 passes for 22 yards vs. Atlanta (10/5) and 2 for 16 yards before suffering his season-ending injury in Philadelphia.
-    In 2013, played in 14 games with 12 starts…Led the Giants with 73 receptions for 998 yards and was tied for 2nd with 4 touchdown receptions…Finished 2 yards shy of his 3rd consecutive 1,000-yard season...Cruz briefly reached that milestone on a 16-yard reception in the 3rd quarter vs. Seattle (12/15)…But he lost the catch and the yardage on a successful replay challenge by Seahawks coach Pete Carroll…Cruz suffered a concussion and a season-ending knee injury on the play. Four days later, he underwent an arthroscopic debridement of the knee. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla.
-    Caught 8 passes for 110 yards vs. Green Bay (11/17)…Had season-high totals of 10 catches for 164 yards at Kansas City (9/29)…Scored the Giants’ only touchdown on a 69-yard reception…The 10 catches was his 2nd-highest total in a regular-season game. Cruz had 11 receptions in a victory over Tampa Bay on Sept. 16, 2012. He also had 10 catches in the 2012 NFC Championship Game in San Francisco…The 164 receiving yards tied for the 3rd-highest total in Cruz’s career. He gained 179 yards in the 2012 victory over the Buccaneers and 178 vs. Dallas on Jan. 1, 2012. Cruz also had 164 receiving yards vs. the Jets on Dec. 24, 2011, the game in which he set the Giants record with a 99-yard reception…Caught 8 passes for 118 yards vs. Denver (9/15)…Opened the season with 5 catches for 118 yards and 3 touchdowns at Dallas (9/8). Cruz had touchdown catches of 70, 18 and 10 yards to become the 1st Giant with 3 touchdowns in a game since David Wilson on Dec. 9, 2012 vs. New Orleans (a kickoff return and two rushing scores). It was the second 3-touchdown game of Cruz’s career. He accomplished the feat vs. Cleveland on Oct. 7, 2012 with catches of 3, 7 and 28 yards.
-    In Dallas, Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle each had five catches and each had more than 100 receiving yards (Cruz, 118; Nicks, 114; Randle, 101). It was the 1st time in Giants history they had 3 receivers with more than 100 yards in a game.
-    Cruz suffered a heel injury in a preseason game vs. Indianapolis (8/18) and missed the final 2 preseason games.
-    In 2012, started all 16 games…Led the Giants with 86 receptions for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns…Was the 1st player in Giants’ history with 80 catches, 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in a single season. Cruz became the 1st Giants player with back-to-back seasons with at least 80 receptions, 1,000 yards and 9 touchdowns.
-    Cruz’s 86 receptions were the 2nd-highest total in Giants history, trailing only Steve Smith’s 107 catches in 2009…The 86 catches placed him 7th in the NFC and 12th in the NFL and his 1,092 yards were 10th in the conference and 15th in the league. He was 1 of 10 NFL players with at least 10 touchdown catches…Cruz caught at least 3 passes in every game but 1 (at Dallas on 10/28, when he had 2 receptions).
-    Concluded the season with 4 catches for 52 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown, vs. Philadelphia (12/30).
-    Cruz caught 8 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown vs. New Orleans (12/9). It was his 12th career 100-yard game, which tied him with Kyle Rote and Earnest Gray for 4th place on the Giants’ career list.
-    Cruz had 7 receptions for 131 yards and put the Giants ahead for good with a 77-yard touchdown catch from Manning with 1:13 remaining vs. Washington (10/21), the longest game-winning touchdown in the final 2 minutes of a game in franchise history.
-    Caught 5 passes for 50 yards and 3 touchdowns vs. Cleveland (10/7). He was the 1st Giant to score 3 touchdowns in a game since Ahmad Bradshaw had three 1-yard scoring runs vs. Buffalo on Oct. 16, 2011 and the 1st to catch 3 touchdown passes since Hakeem Nicks vs. Carolina on Sept. 10, 2010.
-    Had 9 receptions for 109 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown, at Philadelphia (9/30).
-    On Sept. 16 vs. Tampa Bay, Cruz caught a career-high 11 passes for 179 yards and Nicks added 10 receptions for 199 yards. The Giants were the 1st team in NFL history with 2 players with at least 10 catches and at least 175 receiving yards in the same game…It was the 2nd time in their history the Giants had 2 receivers with at least 10 catches in the same game. On Sept. 20, 2009 at Dallas, Mario Manningham had 10 receptions for 150 yards and a touchdown and Smith had 10 catches for 134 yards and a score…Cruz’s 11 receptions included an 80-yard touchdown…Manning threw for 510 yards against the Buccaneers. Manning, Cruz and Nicks joined three Hall of Famers – quarterback Norm Van Brocklin and receivers Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsh and Tom Fears of the 1951 Los Angeles Rams - as the only teammates in history with 500 passing yards, plus 2 receivers with at least 150 yards, in the same game.
-    Cruz was selected to his 1st Pro Bowl, where he set the game record with 10 receptions. He was only the 2nd Giants wide receiver to be elected to the Pro Bowl since Homer Jones in 1968; Smith was chosen in 2009 after he caught a franchise-record 107 passes.
-    In 2011, Cruz enjoyed a breakout season in leading the Giants in all major receiving statistical categories, set franchise records and scored the team’s 1 touchdown in the 21-17 victory over New England in Super Bowl XLVI.
-    That season, Cruz played in all 16 regular-season games with 7 starts and started all 4 postseason games…He led the Giants with 82 receptions for 1,536 yards and 9 touchdowns. In the postseason, Cruz had 21 catches for 269 yards and 1 touchdown.
-    Cruz’s 1,536 yards were a Giants record, breaking Toomer’s former mark by 193 yards (Toomer had 1,343 yards in 2002). The yardage total left Cruz 3rd in the NFL, behind only Detroit’s Calvin Johnson and New England’s Wes Welker and directly in front of Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald. Johnson was the 2nd overall selection of the 2007 NFL Draft and Fitzgerald was picked 3rd in 2004. Welker and Cruz entered the NFL as undrafted free agents…Cruz was the 1st Giants player to finish in the top 3 in the NFL in receiving yards since Toomer in 2002.
-    Cruz was the 11th player (and 10th wide receiver) in Giants history with 1,000 receiving yards in a season…He joined with Hakeem Nicks (1,192) to give the Giants two 1,000-yard receivers in the same season for the 1st time in team history.
-    Cruz’s 18.7-yard average was the highest among the 72 NFL players who had at least 50 catches in 2011 and was the highest by a Giant with at least 50 receptions since Del Shofner averaged 21.4 yards on 53 catches in 1962. No NFL receiver had averaged at least 18.7 yards on at least 82 catches since St. Louis’ Torry Holt in 2000 (19.9-yard average on 82 receptions).
-    In the Giants’ NFC East-clinching victory over Dallas (1/1/12), Cruz caught 6 passes for 178 yards, a 29.7-yard average that was the highest in a game by a Giant with at least 6 receptions since Toomer averaged 30.2 yards (6 catches for 181 yards) in a victory over the Jets on Dec. 5, 1999…The 178 yards was the highest total by a Giant since Plaxico Burress had 205 in a victory over St. Louis on Oct. 2, 2005.  
-    Cruz had seven 100-yard games in 2011, breaking the former franchise record of 5, set by Shofner in 1963 and tied by Jones in 1968.
-    Cruz had 4 touchdown receptions of more than 70 yards in 2011, the 1st player to do that since Otis Taylor of the then AFL Kansas City Chiefs in 1966. No Giants receiver had accomplished the feat since Jones in 1965.
-    Cruz also had a 68-yard touchdown reception. His 5 touchdown catches of at least 65 yards were the 2nd-most in a season in NFL history. The record of 6 was set by Hall of Famer Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch in 1951.
-    From Nov. 20 to Dec. 4, Cruz had 128 receiving yards vs. Philadelphia, 157 at New Orleans and 119 vs. Green Bay to become the 4th Giants receiver in history with 3 consecutive 110+ yard games, joining Shofner (1963), Jones (1968) and Manningham (2010).
-    Cruz had 4 receptions for 25 yards in the Giants’ victory over New England in Super Bowl XLVI (2/5)…Scored the game’s 1st touchdown on a 2-yard pass from Manning with 3:23 left in the 1st quarter.
-    Caught 10 passes for 142 yards (including 8 for 125 yards in the 1st half) in the NFC Championship Game at San Francisco (1/22). The 10 receptions tied Cruz with Ike Hilliard for the 2nd-highest total by a Giant in a postseason game. The record of 11 was set by Burress in the 2007 NFC Championship Game in Green Bay. The 10 catches tie Cruz with 3 other players, including Hilliard, for the 3rd-highest total ever in a championship game…Cruz’s 142 yards was the 5th-highest postseason total in Giants history and was 9 yards behind Burress’ 151 in Green Bay, which is 4th.
-    Had his first 2 career catches (for 17 yards) vs. St. Louis (9/19)…Caught 3 passes for 110 yards and his first 2 NFL touchdowns (for 74 and 28 yards) at Philadelphia (9/25)…Finished with 8 receptions for 161 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown on a pass that he juggled and then secured, vs. Seattle (10/9)…Had 6 receptions for 84 yards and returned 3 punts for 12 yards at San Francisco (11/13)…Caught 6 passes for 128 yards, including a 24-yarder for the Giants’ only touchdown, vs. Philadelphia (11/20). Also lined up as the punt returner and had 2 fair catches.
-    Had a career regular-season-high 9 catches for 157 yard, including touchdowns of 72 and 4 yards, at New Orleans (11/28)…Cruz had his 3rd consecutive 100-yard game when he caught 7 passes for 119 yards vs. Green Bay (12/11).
-    Contributed 3 receptions for 164 yards at Jets (12/24). Turned a short pass from Manning into a 99-yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter. It was the longest play from scrimmage in Giants history, eclipsing a 98-yard pass from Earl Morrall to Jones at Pittsburgh on Sept. 11, 1966. It was the 4th pass of at least 90 yards in Giants history.
-    Finished the regular season with 6 catches for a career-high 178 yards including a 74-yard touchdown, vs. Dallas (1/1).
-    In 2010, played in 3 regular season games with majority of his action coming on special teams…Also played as the 4th wide receiver vs. Chicago (10/3)…Placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury on Oct. 16…In the preseason, Cruz had team-high totals of 15 receptions for 297 yards and 4 touchdowns…Scored touchdowns on receptions of 64, 34 and 5 yards while catching 6 passes for 145 yards in a preseason victory over the Jets (8/16)…Added a 1-yard touchdown catch at Baltimore (8/28).

-    Played in 31 games with 22 starts at UMass…Finished with 131 receptions for 1,958 yards (15.0-yard avg.) and 11 touchdowns…Had 6 career 100-yard games…Two-time 1st team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection…As a senior in 2009, played in 11 games with 10 starts and caught 59 passes for 868 yards and 5 scores…As a junior in 2008, compiled career-high totals of 71 catches for 1,064 yards and 6 touchdowns…Had career-best totals of 13 receptions for a school-record 262 yards, including a career-long 69-yarder, at James Madison on Sept. 13, 2008.

-    Founded the Victor Cruz Foundation, which encourages youngsters to become physically and academically active and to stick with their goals…Received a Daily Point of Light Award for his work with youth…Has participated in the NFL Characters Unite Documentary, which the USA Network produces in partnership with the NFL. The series profiles NFL stars as they share deeply personal stories of overcoming prejudice, bullying and discrimination, with the goal of helping young people who are currently facing similar challenges…Donates food to and serves meals at an anti-poverty center in Paterson…. Was the Giants 2014 Hometown Hero at the United Way of New York City’s Gridiron Gala…Attended the Jay Fund’s Annual Champions for Children’s Gala in New York City.

-    Has a daughter, Kennedy, who was born during the Giants’ 2011 playoff run. Engaged to Elaina Watley…Played wide receiver and defensive back at Paterson Catholic High School in Paterson, N.J., a short distance from MetLife Stadium…Helped the team go 11-0 in 2003, when he had 42 catches for 731 yards and totaled 19 touchdowns, including 15 receiving, 1 rushing, 1 on a punt return, 1 on a kickoff return and 1 on an interception return…First team All-North Jersey, 1st-team All-Passaic County, 1st-team All-B.P.S.L., 1st-team Parochial All-State and 2nd-team Associated Press All-State selection…Played in the North-South All-Star Football Classic at Rutgers Stadium…African American studies major… Son of Blanca Cruz…Born Nov. 11, 1986.
Career Stats
TOTAL 272 4,088 15 99 25 1 3 3 3 0 3 3
2016 NYG 2 2 8 125 15.6 40 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2015 NYG 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 NYG 6 6 23 337 14.7 61 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 NYG 14 12 73 998 13.7 70T 4 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2012 NYG 16 16 86 1,092 12.7 80T 10 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 NYG 16 7 82 1,536 18.7 99T 9 1 3 3 3 0 1 1
2010 NYG 3 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Recent Games
1 @DAL W 20-19 4 34 8.5 23 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 NO W 16-13 4 91 22.8 40 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1

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