Victor Cruz, NFL good guy

A shoe worn by New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz bears a message dedicated to 6-year-old Jack Pinto, one of the victims in last week's school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., as Cruz warms up for the Giants' game against the Atlanta Falcons. (AP Photo/John Amis)
A shoe worn by New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz bears a message dedicated to 6-year-old Jack Pinto, one of the victims in last week’s school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., as Cruz warms up for the Giants’ game against the Atlanta Falcons. (AP Photo/John Amis)


Wide receivers are stereotyped as selfish men. Victor Cruz isn’t that kind of guy.

After a meteoric rise during the 2011 season that culminated with a Super Bowl victory as a member of the New York Giants, Cruz quickly became a favorite player for throngs of kids in the Northeast. Famous for his touchdown dance, a salsa that honors his late grandmother, Cruz has his priorities straight, on and off the field.

So when little boys and girls were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut last week, Cruz answered the call.

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It was the family of 6-year-old Jack Pinto, one of the victims in the massacre. The young man was buried wearing Victor Cruz’s No. 80 Giants jersey, because after all, Cruz was his favorite player. Cruz paid tribute to those who died in Newtown, along with the rest of his Giants teammates, last weekend in Atlanta. Cruz stayed in touch with the Pinto family and they shared several emotional phone calls.

Then, when the Giants returned home from their game over the weekend, Cruz went to Sandy Hook to visit with the Pinto family and they spent a few hours reflecting on Jack’s life.

It’s refreshing to see an athlete doing exactly what he should for a family going through the toughest days of their lives.

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