While participating in a panel at New York University entitled “The Life of the World-Class Athlete" last week, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz made an admission: he wants to become a team captain in 2014.
“Absolutely [I want to be a captain],” Cruz said during a panel at NYU. “I feel like that in my progression as an athlete, as a professional, I feel like that’s the next step.”
But the desire to become a captain and actually becoming a captain are widely separated. After all, one does not lead by raising a hand and asking to lead, but rather it's something that comes naturally as a result of leading without seeking any recognition. And that was the message Cruz received from retired Giants defensive end and Hall of Famer, Michael Strahan.
“I know for me it is something that just happened,” Strahan said. “It didn’t happen for me until later. I mean you’re five or six years [in]. It took me a while, but I think you get there from guys watching your work ethic, watching how you play and the key is … just consistency. When guys know that every week they show up and they turn on the game film or they get to a game and they know what to expect every week. Consistency of your play — that right there is enough in itself. You can’t ask somebody. You can’t beg somebody. You got to just be who you are and they will see that. It will come to you.”
Cruz listened and nodded his head at Strahan's advice, but whether the message was received is something that will only be seen in due time. Luckily for Cruz, he does have a good work ethic and, despite his many non-football interests (see: Clothing line, Fashion Week, self branding), always gives 100% to the Giants above all else.
In 2013, the Giants have five total captains: Manning and Snee on offense, Justin Tuck and Antrel Rolle on defense and Zak DeOssie on Special Teams.
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