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.
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