It’s important to know who we are, from whom and where we were formed… by telling the stories ourselves, we see an example of how to live, how to inspire and how to honor our ancestors, Aguanile, Mai, Mai…
Posting from the DMV, February 6, 2016
Victor Cruz the salsa dancing wide receiver for the Giants is touted as one of the best in the NFL, unfortunately he had to have “season ending” surgery in 2015. Raised primarily by his Puerto Rican Mother and Grandmother. Cruz was twice kicked off the University of Massachusetts football team for bad grades.
So he went back home and two events changed his life and his motivation. Apparently Cruz was in a club when gunshots rang out and then a few weeks later, his father took his own life. Cruz decided not to give up and fought his way back to play for the U-Mass team.
And life kept hitting him, right where it hurt. He wasn’t drafted for the NFL. And then the Giants invited him to camp. Cruz was not cut and started playing in the 2010 season only to unfortunately suffer an injury that benched him for the rest of 2010. Victor Cruz’s career has been a roller coaster but when Cruz is on the field he is a standout. In 2011 he was an integral part of the Giants Super Bowl victory. In July, the 26-year-old signed a five-year contract extension with the Giants for a total of $45 million.
Cruz has gone on to write a book and is now a proud father and husband.
A few other notable Afro-Latinos in the NFL include….
The Oakland Raiders tight end, who also happens to be Naya Rivera’s little brother, was drafted into the league in 2013 during round six.
The Bronx-born Puerto Rican, who attended Hofstra University, plays as an offensive guard for the New York Jets.