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New York Giants Saturday Morning Storylines: Victor Cruz Inspiring Kids Across New York City

February 8th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

The big news on Friday was that the contracts of both New York Giants tight end Brandon Myers and cornerback Corey Webster were officially avoided. And while we'll have a lot more on that over the weekend, we present the following stories for a lazy Saturday morning.

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Giants Wideout Victor Cruz Inspires New York City Kids

Super Bowl XLVIII officially ended the 2013 NFL season. But as some New York City students learned this week, football fun continues all year long.

On Monday, 60 kids from P.S./I.S. 218 Rafael Hernandez Dual Language Magnet School in the Bronx participated in football-inspired activities like football tossing, sprints, and push-up hockey. They also had the perfect personal trainer: New York Giants wide receiver and Super Bowl XLVI champion Victor Cruz.

Cruz is known for celebrating touchdowns by salsa dancing in the end zone. He did a lot of that in his breakout season, scoring nine touchdowns and winning the Vince Lombardi Trophy in 2011. He told the kids it’s OK to celebrate, but that they have to value a good work ethic, too.

Ben McAdoo's history of Red Zone success

The simple logic is anything but that when it comes time to make it happen on the field.

But whether he calls it the green or red zone at his new post, Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo brings over success inside the 20-yard line from his previous work in Green Bay. Now Big Blue hopes it can translate.

While climbing Mike McCarthy’s coaching tree with the Packers, McAdoo helped the offense grow into one of the most efficient units in the NFL. They did so by capitalizing in the red zone, which he will have to get used to calling the “green zone” under head coach Tom Coughlin.

Can the Giants be the 2014 Philadelphia Eagles?

Going over some of my tapes post-Super Bowl week, I bumped into a quote from former Giants offensive lineman Shaun O'Hara that got me thinking (which isn't an easy thing to do). Can the Giants become next season's version of the Philadelphia Eagles?

"You show me a team that has two of its five [offensive line] starters on injured reserve that has success. Look what happened to the Eagles a year ago," O'Hara said when comparing the teams' offensive lines after the Giants received almost nothing out of guard Chris Snee and center David Baas. "[Eagles LT] Jason Peters tore his Achilles. Jason Kelce tore his ACL. I think they won four games."

How Ryan Perrilloux Disappeared Completely

The former No. 1 high school dual-threat quarterback recruit in the nation is sitting with his mom on the front porch of a little yellow house on Bluebird Street in LaPlace, La. When a nearby train passes its way south toward New Orleans, it sends the living room décor into a 15-second convulsion.

Ryan Perrilloux is about 30 pounds thinner than I remember him looking at LSU. "This is my mom's house," he tells me. "This is where I grew up, but I live in Alabama with my girlfriend and my two daughters now."

Antonio Pierce Already Facing Skepticism at Long Beach Poly

Antonio Pierce has won a Super Bowl, but fans of a California powerhouse prep football program are questioning whether he can fill the shoes left by legendary Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High coach Raul Lara.

The Jackrabbits formally introduced Pierce on Thursday as their first hire outside the program since 1971, and according to reports from Gazette Sports and the L.A. Times, members of Poly's alumni committee are skeptical about his lack of coaching experience and commitment to the team.

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Tags: Antonio Pierce, Ben McAdoo, Chris Snee, David Baas, Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Ryan Perrilloux, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz

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3 Responses to “New York Giants Saturday Morning Storylines: Victor Cruz Inspiring Kids Across New York City”

  1.  Krow says:

    Wow … hating on AP already. That’s kinda sad. Alumni are the bane of all college sports programs.

  2.  PittsburghJim says:

    True Krow…..except this is a high school!!!

    What have we become?????

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      That was my thought… You just compiled a staff of at least three former NFL players, two of whom have rings and multiple Pro Bowls amongst them. What the hell more could you want at the High School level?

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