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Victor Cruz, former Giants receiver, retires from NFL and joins ESPN

August 21, 2018

Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is officially retiring from football and taking a job at ESPN.

Cruz made the announcement Tuesday via video on Uninterrupted, the LeBron James-owned media platform.

Cruz was like a firework on the NFL scene: a bright spark that faded almost as soon as it was established. Despite going undrafted out of college, he made the Giants’ roster and broke out in his sophomore season, 2011, with 1,536 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. He became known around the league for celebrating touchdowns with a salsa dance routine.

After a similar performance in 2012, he began to trail off and eventually saw his career marred by injuries. He tore his patellar tendon early in the 2014 season and ended up missing all of 2015 due to both his extended rehabilitation and an aggravated calf injury that eventually needed surgery.

Cruz will be an NFL analyst for ESPN and make his debut this week.

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