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One Year After Tragedy, New York Giants WR Victor Cruz Again Plans to Honor Sandy Hook Victims

December 15th, 2013 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

It's almost hard to believe that it's been one year since the awful tragedy that befell Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. But it was in the aftermath of that evil that the Nation once again came together, and people from all walks of life sent their prayers and support to a town ravaged in sorrow.

One such person was New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, who made a day-long trip to the town sans media spotlight and fanfare. Instead, his visit was personal, emotional and life-altering.

"A lot of my memories are just how you could see the remorse on everybody's face, no matter how excited they were to see me or how excited they were that I was there," Cruz recalls to the New York Daily News. "Deep down you could see there was remorse in their faces. Me being there was a tremendous help for that short period of time so they could forget about it and be joyous and happy that I was there. But there was that elephant in the room of what was going on."

Still, Cruz remained in Newtown throughout the day, playing with the children, talking with the parents and reflecting with those who suffered some of the greatest loss imaginable.

In addition to his visit, Cruz paid special tribute to six-year-old Jack Pinto, who was one of the world's biggest Giants fans and was even buried wearing Cruz's No. 80, by writing "R.I.P. Jack Pinto" on one of his cleats and "My Hero" on the other. Cruz also inscribed "This one is 4 u!" inside of one of his gloves.

Both the gloves and cleats, as you might expect, were then gifted to Pinto's family.

Two weeks after that game, the New York Football Giants then sent a convoy of busses to Newtown to transport survivors, family members and other town residents to MetLife Stadium where a special ceremony would be held in their honor. And during introductions, they would line the field as Big Blue exited the tunnels.

But the Giants, being who they are, didn't just run onto the field and begin warm-ups. Rather, every single member of the team took their time shaking hands and greeting those who had made their way to East Rutherford. All the while, the decals "S.H.E.S." inscribed on the back of each of their helmets glistened in the sun.

Now, nearly one year to the day after that horrible tragedy, Victor Cruz again plans to honor Jack Pinto and all of those lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"I'm not sure what," Cruz says. "We'll see. But I do plan on doing something."

It's for these reasons many of us remain Giants fans. There is a different level of class that filters down from owners to players, and that will be shown again today.

Victory of defeat, Cruz and the Giants are once again winners today as continue to send out thoughts and prayers to those who suffered such loss on December 14th, 2012.

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5 Responses to “One Year After Tragedy, New York Giants WR Victor Cruz Again Plans to Honor Sandy Hook Victims”

  1.  Dirt says:

    @ProFootballTalk: Lawrence Taylor: Time for Tom Coughlin to go http://t.co/zksZvQO3vg

  2.  Dirt says:

    Nice piece, Dan.

  3.  6string says:

    Yeah, LTs made a lot of good decisions over the years.

  4.  6string says:

    Latest rumor? Caughlin fired Gilbride is the new head coach, son takes over as offensive coordinator. We can be just like the Redskins.

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    This season is extremely disappointing no matter how you put it. While I usually agree with Dan and Jen about being patient with our coaches and players I do think this season means there is time for a change. At very least we need a new special teams and QB coach. I’m against replacing any of our coaches though I’m don’t know if it’s needed. I have been leaning towards a new coach not because I don’t believe in TC but because I think his time is coming to an end soon. So it seems better to start now than in another year or two. But I’m not upset if TC stays. I have similar feelings about KG. I think his value has been extremely underrated here over the years. But seeing Rivers excel after years under the same OC makes me think that maybe a new director can help Eli.

    It’s more than just a bad year because we struggled the last half of last year as well. We need to make some changes. Now that doesn’t mean we can’t keep Tuck and some other vets. Rolle has had his best year IMO so I can’t see even thinking about letting him go. Safety with Rolle, Hill and a kid with talent in Taylor is one of the positions we don’t have real need. I still wonder if TT should be moved to safety because it’s clear his top end speed is going to cause some issues. But with his tackling ability and ball skills I think he would bring safety value.

    I think we made a mistake in 2013 with way too many one year contracts. We need to go sign some people that will be here and draft a bunch of players that will be here as well. That’s why I wouldn’t mind trading down in the first round for a later first round pick and a second round pick. I think we just need quality players in a number of positions. We need to get our quality depth back where it use to be. You don’t win in the NFL with a few stars you need many quality players.

    This year we tried to reload when I think we needed to more rebuild on the fly. I think that’s what 2014 is about no matter what we do coaching wise.