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New York Giants’ Victor Cruz Visits Newtown, Home of Jack Pinto

December 19th, 2012 at 8:15 AM
By Paul Tierney

'Victor Cruz 2012 Shankbone' photo (c) 2012, David Shankbone - license: New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is an incredible football player. He has great hands, can outrun any defender and already has a Super Bowl ring. However, his actions towards the family of Jack Pinto, a six-year-old victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting who was buried in Cruz's No.80 jersey, have far transcended any accomplishments Cruz has earned on the football field. Yesterday, Cruz visited the victim's family and garnished a bevy of elementary school aged children with autographed footballs and jerseys.

On Sunday, Cruz wrote the words "Jack Pinto, My Hero" on his cleats during the Giants game against the Atlanta Falcons. Cruz, along with the rest of the New York Giants, came up short in their quest to win the football game. However, the result of the contest was irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. Jack Pinto's grandmother said she was moved by Cruz's actions.

"What he did was a wonderful, wonderful, incredible thing," Jack's grandmother said, "and we're so blessed that the entire world feels the same way."

Cruz followed up his support on Sunday with a personal visit to the Pinto family home on Tuesday. He arrived in an SUV escort with five police cruisers around him, and spent time providing some laughter and enjoyment to a community mourning the premature loss of 26 innocent lives.

It doesn't matter if Victor Cruz catches another football for the rest of his career. His ability to comfort a family that has just suffered an indescribably tragic loss has already made him a successful football player. Cruz can't bring back the deceased, nor can he provide answers to the families that have lost loved ones in this tragedy. However, his ability to use his stardom to bring smiles to the faces of the Newtown community is a special, commendable act that will forever trump anything No. 80 could accomplish playing football.


Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Falcons, contest, Football, Jack Pinto, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Super Bowl, Victor Cruz, wide receiver

11 Responses to “New York Giants’ Victor Cruz Visits Newtown, Home of Jack Pinto”

  1.  James Stoll says:

    Good for Victor

  2.  TuckThis says:

    Class act Victor.

  3.  dremac82 says:

    That’s awesome. JJ Watt has a pretty amazing story on what he did with a family off the football field as well. I don’t have a link but you guys should check it out.

  4.  Krow says:

    It’s easy to see the downside of things. The world sure seems like a mess sometimes. But it’s just as important to notice the good.

    Well done Cruuuuuzzz !!!

  5.  Krow says:

    From PFT … Cap Carryover …

    “Changes to the rules regarding free agency and the salary cap often have unintended consequences. The mere existence of a team-by-team spending limit, which was adopted 20 years ago as players finally achieved their long-coveted ability to move from team to team when their contracts expired, prompted some teams to part ways with a player who never wanted to leave.

    More recently, the agreement to allow teams to instantly and easily carry excess cap space from one year to the next has removed a team’s incentive to use it or lose it by signing players to in-season contract extensions.”

    So … no need to hurry and use 2012 cap money … it will carry into 2013. This is why Reese isn’t signing/extending anyone till the last game is played.

    •  Levito says:

      I guess that’s why Cruz isn’t getting an extension during the season. Might as well wait until things play out. If the Giants go on a run, it could end up helping him anyway. Either way, it’s not like Cruz has ever appeared to lack motivation.

      •  Krow says:

        Yep. I was wondering why there were no extensions. Usually Reese signs at least a guy or 2. Now we know why.

    •  Begiant says:

      This piece of information will grealty enhance my career as an Armchair GM

  6.  James Stoll says:

    Ralph Vecchiano has put a fork in us
    He must read this site
    All the arguments being made yesterday are in his piece
    If the Giants can’t win a championship, I at least want copyright damages

  7.  James Stoll says:

    And we get Troy and Joe Sunday, so it will be an ugly listen unless and until the Giants take control

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