INTERVIEW WITH VICTOR CRUZ
What five words would you use to describe yourself?
Individual, unique, stylish, athletic, and simple.
What is the best part of being a New York Giant?
New York City has the best fans in the world. I love to make them happy. Every time I hear the fans chant Cruzzz, it reassures me that I am loved as a player and as person. It motivates me to do the best job I can on and off of the field.
You’re known for your great touchdown salsa dance, how did that start?
The dance started when I got my first start against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011. It was Hispanic Heritage month and my coach told me that I had to do something as a tribute to my culture. So after I got my touchdown I did the Salsa. My grandmother saw my celebration dance and she told me that I had to do that every time I got a touchdown. I made a promise to her that I would.
What is the toughest thing about your job?
The toughest thing about my job is the constant demand to be great each and every week.
Did you have a mentor, if so who?
My high school coach, Benjie Wimberly.
What is the best advice you have received?
My mother has given me the best advice. She told me to always finish something you start and never be known as a quitter.
What are you the most proud of?
I am most proud of my daughter Kennedy Cruz.
What are you good at that no one would expect?
I am really good at playing FIFA.
What inspired you to write your new book Out of the Blue?
My mother always said that if I became successful I should write a book. The time came for me to do it. I was excited to have the chance to give everyone a look into my life to see how hard I worked to get to where I am today.
Why the title, Out of the Blue?
I chose Out of the Blue because I am often referred to as a player who came out of nowhere. I came into the NFL as an undrafted free agent from UMASS.
What do you hope readers will take away from your story?
I hope that people become inspired by my experiences and learn to never give up. Dreams are possible, but you have to have a plan and a strategy to accomplish them. With hard work and perseverance you can do anything.
You have a clothing line, Young Whales, what made you want to venture into fashion?
I have always have had a love for fashion. I wanted to create something that my friends and I could wear to look great at an affordable price. During the lockout in 2010 Young Whales was born.
What designers do you wear the most?
I wear Calvin Klein Collection, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Young Whales and Michael Bastian the most.
How would you define your style?
I would define my style as Hollywood actor meets sneaker enthusiast.
What are your fashion must-haves for fall?
Scarves, leather jackets, cashmere crew neck sweaters, and wool blazers.
What organizations are you a part of and why are they important to you?
I have my own foundation called the Victor Cruz Foundation. I plan to raise money and create sustainable environments for underprivileged communities. I really want to focus on children and education. It’s important to me because I would like to show children that like them, I faced many adversities, but I was able to conquer them and become successful.
What is on your iPod these days?
Jay-Z, Wale, Kanye West, and Miguel.
What do you love about New York?
I love how live the city is everyday. Sun, rain, sleet, hail or snow, the city is full of inspirational vibrations. It helps me channel my inner creative, and inspires me to keep working towards my dreams on and off of the field.
What is your favorite spot to spend time with your family in NYC?
My family and I love the environment and energy that NYC has. Our favorite thing to do is to go to Central Park on a sunny day, and hang out on a picnic blanket with food.
What’s your favorite thing about being a dad?
Watching my daughter grow. Each and every day I learn something new about her. She reminds me why I work hard and who I do it for each and every day.
Where do you go to escape?
To escape I go to my mother’s house and have dinner and hang out with all of my family.