NFL Wide Receiver Victor Cruz

Ready To Make His Comback

Victor Cruz the gridiron king of the Salsa Touchdown
Victor Cruz the gridiron king of the Salsa Touchdown

Victor Cruz Suffers Torn Patella Tendon

October 12, 2014 Cruz is out for the season after devastating knee injury (AP)
October 12, 2014 Cruz is out for the season after devastating knee injury (AP) | Source

The Return Is Coming!

Since suffering a season-ending knee injury October 2014, the salsa dancing Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has been doing all that he can to get back on the gridiron. This slot WR will be the same player who has nearly 4,000 yards in 55 games and averages 15 yards per catch come the 2015 season. And Giants fans agree when he gets back, yes he will be one of the best again in the NFL. “When healthy, Cruz is nearly impossible to defend, given his electric playmaking ability and superb route-running skills,” NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote. “If he can return to form following a season-ending patellar-tendon tear, Cruz could re-emerge as the No. 1 guy on this list. The Giants take advantage of his explosive skill set by routinely getting him the ball quickly on an assortment of catch-and-run plays.

NYG Slot Receiver

Victor Cruz - New York Giants #80
Victor Cruz - New York Giants #80

NY Giants Victor Cruz

Best Endzone Dancer with a Salsa Twist

Did you know that Victor Cruz dances the endzone salsa dance.This rising football star, has it all. In case you don’t have all the facts about this 25 year-old half-black, half-Puerto Rican New York Giants wide receiver, here’s what you need to know. Raised in Paterson, New Jersey, Cruz played football at the University of Massachusetts and was drafted by the New York Giants in 2010. In his rookie year with the Giants, he caught three touchdown passes in a single game against rival New York team, the Jets, before being sidelined for the rest of the season due to a hamstring injury. Cruz never stopped making a name for himself in the game. A rising star that is a blast to watch, especially if you are a New York Giants fan, which I am. You dont want to miss seeing Cruz as he celebrates scoring six by doing the salsa and his signature touchdown dance!

Jason Myra, 34, a teacher at New York-style salsa at Dance Manhattan on W. 19th St.was quoted in the New York Times when asked about Cruz's endzone dance

“Salsa is primarily a dance that’s done with a partner, but when a dancer breaks off to do a freestyle, open dance like Cruz is doing they call it ‘shines’ because it’s like your moment to shine and show off,”

The Touchdown Celebration

Victor Cruz on Facebook describes his inspiration for his touchdown salsa dance.
Victor Cruz on Facebook describes his inspiration for his touchdown salsa dance.

Victor Cruz on Facebook

Shows off His Dance Moves

New York Giants fans know that the Best dance move in the end zone comes from wide receiver Victor Cruz. ‎"I looked at the mass of Eagles fans, standing together, above the end zone. They were booing me, swearing at me, and clad in all shades of green. I figured, Ah, why not? And without much second thought, I broke out the very same salsa dance my grandmother taught me on East Twentieth Street twenty years before. Step, step, step. Move your arms. Shake your hips. The salsa!”- Out of the Blue

To quote New York Giants fans on Cruz' facebook page

" Here's to several more salsas at the Eagles expense! Lots more!"

Rock that salsa ♥


Victor Cruz Bio

No. 80 New York Giants

  • Birthday: November 11, 1986 (age 25)
  • Hometown: Paterson, New Jersey
  • Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
  • Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)

Career information

  • NFL Experience: 2 years
  • College: Massachusetts
  • Undrafted in 2010
  • Debuted in 2010 for the New York Giants

Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2011

  • Receptions 82
  • Receiving Yards 1,536
  • Receiving Touchdowns 9

Stats at NFL.com

Cruz-ing high

Scores Amazing Touchdowns

Great speed and good hands are what wide receivers need, and Cruz excels in both categories.In a game of speed this is one wide out that has breakaway speed.

An undrafted wideout (Cruz went undrafted out of UMass) playing his first full season NY wide receiver Victor Cruz came out of no where to collect 82 receptions and 9 touchdowns. His 1536 receiving yards set a single seasons team record and was good for the third most in the league earning just over 400,000 dollars. That's $405,000 well spent by the Giants

This speedy young NFL player epitomizes what a top value performer is and the New York Giants fans are loving every salsa dance he performs in the endzone. Here you will see some of the most amazing, most spectacular swagger sweet how the hell did he do that touchdowns.

Receiving 2010-2014

Victor Cruz Stats
Victor Cruz Stats

Victor Cruz

2011 League Ranks:

  • 9th in NFL in REC (82)
  • 3rd in NFL in YDS (1,536)
  • 6th in NFL in TD (9)
  • 3rd in NFL in REC YPG (96.0)

Coach Coughlin Talks About Victor Cruz

"He just keeps doing it, and thank god he does...I'm cheering for him, doing cartwheels on the sidelines as he's running by. Just a heck of a game and a heck of a season by the kid..."
Coach Tom Coughlin on Victor Cruz

Cruz Steps Up in Phillie

WR Victor Cruz during his big performance against the Eagles
WR Victor Cruz during his big performance against the Eagles

Cruz Salsa Touchdown - Watch It

Manning To Cruz

Eli Manning's 74-yard TD pass to Victor Cruz was the 5th TD pass of 70+ yards in his career. He's tied with Charlie Connerly for the 2nd-most 70-yard TD passes by a Giants QB since 1940. Earl Morrall has the most, with 5.

Cruz Celebrates

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 25: Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants celebrates a 28 yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 25, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Gian
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 25: Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants celebrates a 28 yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 25, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Gian

Victor And Eli

Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants chats on the sideline with Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants during a game with the New England patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Foxboro,
Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants chats on the sideline with Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants during a game with the New England patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Foxboro,

Week 3 - Sept. 25, 2011

New York Giants 29
Philadelphia Eagles 16

Injuries to the New York Giants Wide receiving squad are not enough to stop the Big Blue Wrecking Crew, as this 2 year slot reciever surely steps up to the task to help the G-Men to a big NFC rival win.

Victor Cruz Scores

Cruz gets his first NFL touchdown with 49 seconds left in the first quarter. He breaks a Kurt Coleman tackle, then jukes, making two Eagles defensive backs run into each other before completing a 74-yard jaunt into the end zone.

The Endzone Salsa Dance soon to be known as the "Silk City Salsa" is born.

Cruz Scores Again

Cruz gives the Giants their first statement victory of the season. With 8:07 remaining in the fourth quarter, he outjumps "shutdown corner" Nnamdi Asmoughato haul in Eli Manning's pass at 1-yard line before falling over the goal line for six. The G-Men take a 21-16 lead. Cruz is fired up, but doesn't Salsa this time. It doesn't matter. The connection goes 28 yards.

Welcome to the NFL, Victor Cruz. The best endzone salsa dance and you can

Victor Cruz reflecting on his path and his performance in Week 3 against the Eagles:

“It really hasn’t set in yet until I start talking to people on the phone and stuff like that. It’s definitely one of those moments where you kind of sit back and you look back at the game and you’re like ‘wow’, you actually played well and you did that against a rival opponent, and you played for the Giants, and you grew up in the area, and it’s just one of those surreal moments that you kind of look back and it’s definitely one of the moments you want to tell your friends and family about in the future.”

Cruz on Eli Manning

"I thanked Eli after the game for having that confidence in me and throwing that ball on the second touchdown. That took a lot of trust in me. A lot of time I spend watching film with him and looking at different things, it just proves that hard work does pay off. I am glad that we got together like we did yesterday."

Cruz Hones His Craft Against Seattle

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 09: Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants tries to stay in bounds as Kam Chancellor #31 of the Seattle Seahawks closes in at MetLife Stadium on October 9, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/G
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 09: Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants tries to stay in bounds as Kam Chancellor #31 of the Seattle Seahawks closes in at MetLife Stadium on October 9, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/G

Victor Cruz Week 5 vs. Seattle Watch It

Week 5 October 9 , 2011

New York Giants 25

Seattle Seahawks 36

Though the G-Men lose this game Cruz gives the Giants some hope with his style of play. Watch him as he creates a whole lot of momentum when he makes a one-handed, juggling, 68-yard touchdown snag of a catch with 12:37 left in the fourth quarter. At the time, the Big Blue were trailing 19-14. Manning sends up a wing and a prayer and on a wing Cruz catches it. Going up with two Seahawks defenders, the ball deflects off Kam Chandler's hand and smack into the glorious hands of Victor Cruz.

Cruz dances from there and again the Giants fans get to see the return of The Salsa. The Giants take the lead, but only for a short time.

Lucky us who bleed blue we are watching history in the making. Watch it

Cruz Control In Miami

Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants scores a touchdown (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants scores a touchdown (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Cruz Breaks A Tackle -Endzone Salsa Dance - Watch It

Cruz 3 REC, 164 YDS, 1 TD

(Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images) EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 30: Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants celebrates a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on October 30, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jerse
(Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images) EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 30: Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants celebrates a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on October 30, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jerse

Week 7 Oct. 30, 2011

New York Giants 20

Miami Dolphins 17

The Giants are losing to the winless Dolphins late in the fourth quarter. No problem. Cruz to the rescue. He catches a Manning pass over the middle, then sheds a Will Allen tackle, spins, maintains his balance and finishes off the 25-yard score with 5:58 remaining. G-Men 20, Fins 17. Another Salsa. Another win. Watch it

Coach Coughlin On Victor Cruz after the Miami Game

"He is a big play guy. He is learning while he plays but he demonstrated once again the unique ability to get himself open and make a play for our team when we needed one. He did a nice job."

Cruz on Eli Manning

"It’s good to know that Eli trusts you and trusts that you are going to be at the right place at the right time. That is what I try to do. I try to do that every time I’m out there and every time I’m running a route. If I’m open, then hopefully he can hit me, and I know if I’m not open, then somebody else is open. He is going to hit one of our receivers."

Victor Cruz - New York Showdown

Photo credit: David Pokress | Victor Cruz of the Giants celebrates a long completion in the third quarter in front of the Jets bench. (Dec. 24, 2011)
Photo credit: David Pokress | Victor Cruz of the Giants celebrates a long completion in the third quarter in front of the Jets bench. (Dec. 24, 2011)

New York City Showdown

Tension in NY was building and words were flying. In regard to Darelle Revis, Cruz said that "teams aren't really scared anymore" and then he added "He's got to earn his money this year." (Though Cruz said he was angered that the media "kind of switched around" his words to make it seem as though he were "talking bad about Revis.")

Revis had responded: "I don't even know who this guy is."

We all know now that Revis sure knows Cruz's name now.

Cruz Jaw Dropping Play

Cruz Milestones

Cruz finished with 164 yards on three catches, surpassing Amani Toomer as the team's all-time single-season leader in receiving yards

Cruz Stats for game

3 REC, 164 YDS, 1 TD

Week 16 Dec 24, 2011

New York Giants 29

New York Jets 14

Cruz sets pair of Giants records

In in 2 years so far Victor Cruz says that his favorite touchdown this season is his 99-yarder against the Jets in Week 16. Cruz basically won the game against the Jets with a sensational 99 yard play.There have only been 13 99-yard TD catches in NFL history and this one saved the New York Giants' season. And of course we were all treated to the endzone salsa dance, though this one was the hardest one to watch. I bleed green as well as blue.

Record Breaking Touchdown

With the G-Men backed up in their own end zone and trailing the New York Jets 7-3 late in the first half, Cruz's catch which you would think would only go for 10 yards turns out to be a record breaker. For 89 yards later, Kyle Wilson nor Antonio Cromartie could not bring this salsa dancing slot receiver down. With 2:12 left the Giants took the lead. Cruz fires the ball at the back wall and then goes into Salsa mode.

Victor Cruz after the game:

"It happened so fast, I didn't know who it was, I don't know what I did," said Cruz, who added that it was his first 99-yard play at any level. "I just tried to jump over whoever was there and just go to the end zone.

The G-Men roll on to victory from there.

Giants Cruz past Cowboys to win division

Victor Cruz #80 NYG WR sprints for touchdown to get Giants going toward big win over Cowboys on Jan 1, 2012
Victor Cruz #80 NYG WR sprints for touchdown to get Giants going toward big win over Cowboys on Jan 1, 2012

Cowboys Cant Control Cruz

Cruz Complete Catch
Cruz Complete Catch

NYG Tom Couglin

Describes Victor Cruz

"He just keeps doing it .. and thank god he does. I'm cheering for him . . im just doing cartwheels on the sideline while hes running by!"

Week 17 Jan 1, 2012

New York Giants 31
Dallas Cowboys 14

Giants win NFC East

The 74 Yard Cruz Catch

New York (9-7) won three of its final four games for their 65-year-old coach and earned a wild-card game at home next Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons (10-6) after the week 17 win in Dallas. The win is somewhat ironic for this Jersey Boy rooted for Americas Team growing up (while living so close to the Meadowlands) and this is the team he scored his last touchdown on, sending childhood favorite NFC rival packing to go home, and Cruz cruizes on to the playoffs. Thats right Victor Cruz grew up a Cowboys fan. And his last TD of the season broke his ex-favorite team’s heart and ended their season.

The NFC East title game opens up with a 74-yard catch from Cruz putting the G-Men up on the board with 4.58 remaining in the first quarter. 3rd down and short, on a third on one out of the gun rolling left, you could see the exasperated look on the face of Rob Ryan (Dallas defensive coach) Ryan.Cruz is quoted as saying

"I caught it and when i turned upfield I saw Akim giving me a great block and i saw the sideline wide open so I contiunued on the sideline" ~Victor Cruz

This was the 5th rec touchdown of 65 plus yds this season which makes it the most in NFL since Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsh had 6 TD's in 1951.

For this, Giants fans were lucky to see his most meaningful endzone salsa dance yet.

Cruzes Completes Cowboys Season

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) runs off the field following their during NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants defeated the Cowboys 31-14.(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) runs off the field following their during NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants defeated the Cowboys 31-14.(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Cruz Can Dance

Victor Cruz broke three #Giants franchise records this season: seven 100+ receiving yards games, five 65+ receiving yard TD catches, and of course the 99-yard receiving TD run
Victor Cruz broke three #Giants franchise records this season: seven 100+ receiving yards games, five 65+ receiving yard TD catches, and of course the 99-yard receiving TD run

NY Giants

Fans Love Victor Cruz
Fans Love Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz On Twitter

TeamVic is how Victor Cruz is known on the widely used social Twitter network site. He is listed as a Scholar, Athlete, Human Wide Receiver New York Giants

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2012 Victor Cruz Highlights

Week 7 - October 21, 2012 New York Giants 'Cruz' Into Victory- Victor Cruz's record breaking 77-yard run led the New York Giants to a late minute victory over Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins.The salsa king of football's 77-yard TD pass from Elite Eli Manning is longest game-winning TD in the final two minutes of a game in New York Giants franchise history.

Eli Manning's TD to Victor Cruz rescues Giants from Redskins

Victor Cruz as he scores the winning TD against The Washington Redskins on Sunday Oct. 21, 2012
Victor Cruz as he scores the winning TD against The Washington Redskins on Sunday Oct. 21, 2012

New York Giants vs Denver Broncos 9-15-13

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) lines up for a play during the first half of the NFL football game between New York Giants and the Denver Broncos in at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ 9/15/13. (Chris Faytok/The Star-Ledger)
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) lines up for a play during the first half of the NFL football game between New York Giants and the Denver Broncos in at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ 9/15/13. (Chris Faytok/The Star-Ledger) | Source

Victor Cruz: Eli, We got your back!

The 2013 season has begun and going into week 3 the New York Giants have yet to win a game. Sunday Night Football opened the NFL 2013 season with the Cowboys hosting their division rivals. The Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants in Dallas for the first time since Cowboys Stadium opened. Manning threw three touchdown passes to Victor Cruz and four overall, and he had New York in position for a comeback victory despite the flurry of mistakes. And the 2nd game of the season featured the Manning Bowl. The battle of the brothers was won by Peyton. The battle of brothers was in the end was decided by each team's supporting cast. So it is apropos that Eli's number one receiver spoke out in the days leading up to game 3 when the Giants go on the road to play the Panthers.

Cruz was quoted as saying :

"He knows I’m always here. He knows the whole team is always here to back him up and say the right things to him and keep him up. We understand the type of player that Eli is. Two games aren’t going to make or break our season."

On Sunday, the Giants play at Carolina (0-2) in what safety Antrel Rolle labeled a "must-win game" yesterday during an interview on WFAN. The Giants will need a mistake-free Manning to win.

Victor Cruz Teaches You to do the Endzone Salsa Dance Salsa

Victor Cruz

Dancing with the Stars

NY Giants' Victor Cruz turns down opportunity to appear on ABC's Dancing With the Stars on January 4, 2012. His touchdown salsa draws the attention of ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ but the Giants wide receiver won’t be doing his endzone salsa dance on their stage anytime soon. Right now IMHO he has better sights to set his eyes on. But dont take him off your dance card as something tells me this is one NFL wide receiver to be watching to take the dancing floor stage in the future.

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yamir1212 4 years ago

you like to play football me to


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Shawn Scarborough 4 years ago from The Lone Star State

Cruz had an impressive year. I was amazed watching his 99 yard TD against the Jets. He has to be the Giants first 1,500 yard receiver. He's definitely one of the top 5 wide receivers in the NFL. Great hub, voted up.


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wavegirl22 4 years ago from New York, NY Author

Shawn Scarborough - thanks for the read. Coming from a fellow football fan it is always appreciated! You know you just reminded me that I really should update my top ten wide receivers, as you are correct Cruz is definetely one of the top NFL wide receivers in the game today!


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lsfloro 4 years ago

As usual a great hub. You are an excellent and knowledgeable sports writer.


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dohn121 4 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

How the heck did I miss reading this one, Shari??? I'm so sorry for not getting here sooner! I really hope that you got some much deserved hub-love on this one as you've obviously put a lot of love (not to mention time) into writing this one! I received nearly 2,000 hits after Big Blue beat the Pats the second time in the Super Bowl on my Eli Manning hub :D There are a couple of things I'd like to share with you regarding Victor Cruz:

First off, I was able to meet him in person in the Poughkeepsie Galleria where he was signing autographs. At the time, the Giants had just beaten the Pack and so were about to head to San Fran. Christ was there a line :( I waited no less than 4 and a half to get his autograph. I have a pic of him if you like to use it--I took the pic while waiting in line...

Second, the Giants were very clever to have did what they did to him back a year ago, when Victor Cruz was a YouTube/Pre-season sensation. Yes he did have a hamstring injury, but I doubt that it was so serious that he had to put on the injured reserve list. Although I can't prove it, I believe that the Giants did this strategically (ala Jerry Reese) so that no other team could grab him off waivers. Sure, Steve Smith played last year, but Reese anticipated him to not accept his offer and so he became a salary cap casualty, whilst all along, Reese knew that he had Victor Cruz in his back pocket and so would only cost $405,00 against his payroll. So hat's off to Jerry Reese!

Third, I just pray to Buddha that the Giants give him the contract he so well deserves and hope that they can afford to keep him and pay him for his employ ;) I'm surprised that Tostitos didn't try to sign him to a salsa deal, hahaha.

Another well written hub by my favorite person in Hub Land, Shari. And with that said, GO BIG BLUE WRECKING CREW!!!

TTYS Shari,

Love Dohn


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wavegirl22 4 years ago from New York, NY Author

lsfloro - wow long time no see. Guess I have to write more about sports to get you to come around !!

dohn121- How amazing is that! What another great season the Giants gave us fans. Glad you came by and enjoyed. . not sure if you saw it but I got to meet up with the Lombardi trophy before the SuperBowl .. I wrote about it . kinda fun time and I think you would enjoy it as much as I enjoyed reading about you in the Galleria ;)


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dohn121 4 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Yes, I did see that pic! You posted it in the football forum! I remember being jealous and happy at the very same time :D Although I wasn't able to make it to the parade, I did however make it to Metlife Stadium for the New Jersey party. Good times :D


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wavegirl22 4 years ago from New York, NY Author

Happy and jealous at the same time . ha! So happy seeing you around these days :)


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Drew Breezzy 4 years ago from somewhere in my mind

Hope he has another big year!


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wavegirl22 4 years ago from New York, NY Author

I know you do... Week one he gave you nothing and your fantasy team suffered but week 2 the giants go up against the Bucs and I bet we will see plenty of Salsa dancing!


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dohn121 4 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Hola! Just wondering how you were :D Another season, another parade in the Canyon of Heroes? I hope so...


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wavegirl22 4 years ago from New York, NY Author

Hola mi amigo. . LTNS. But it football season and I know sooner or later you will appear ;) Giants blew the first game but the Bucs are going to take the brunt of that loss today I have a feeling! Victor lost his grandmother this week, she taught him all he knows of the salsa so I am sure he is going to want to get into the endzone today in her honor!


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dohn121 4 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Right and right...You were right on both accounts, Shari. So can I get some Tostitos with that salsa?! :D


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wavegirl22 4 years ago from New York, NY Author

And what a game it was. Cardia attack. Eli proved once again he is Elite.. . 510 yards with 3 TD's! It was a great game. . passing the chips your way !!!!


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Drew Breezzy 4 years ago from somewhere in my mind

Where is the salsa dancing?! Giants 1-2 in a three game slump...

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