Victor Cruz Does Salsa Dance After Scoring Winning Touchdown in Triumphant NFL Return (Video)
Any time an NFL player suffers a season-ending injury, there’s always the possibility that he might not make it back. Seeing as how Giants receiver Victor Cruz suffered not one but two season-ending injuries over the last two years, fans had good reason to wonder if they’d ever see him salsa dancing in the endzone again.
On Sunday, however, Victor Cruz made his long-awaited return in the Giants’ season-opener against the Cowboys in Dallas. And it was nothing short of triumphant.
Here is his first reception in 700 days:
Cruz didn’t exactly torch the Cowboys’ secondary. He finished the game with 34 yards on four catches. However, one of those catches was the game-winning touchdown. And it was clutch. With six minutes left in the fourth quarter and Giants on the Cowboys’ three yard-line, Cruz zigzagged through the endzone on a broken play to get open and catch a bullet from Eli Manning.
Take a look:
“”Victor has so much experience at finding windows and finding open lanes,” Manning said of the winning score. “Technically, that’s not what he’s supposed to do on that play. But he kept it alive—that’s what he does.”
As for his post-touchdown salsa dance, Cruz said the significance of the moment was not lost on him.
“I couldn’t describe what was going through my body at that moment,” he explained afterward. “There are so many people with injuries who don’t get to come back and reclaim what they had. It was an amazing feeling.”
Odell Beckham Jr, who had only seen the Victor Cruz salsa dance in person one other time, was gushing about his teammate after the game.
“I think he knocked the rust off,” Beckham told reporters as a big grin came over his face. “I just wanted to sit there, cross my legs, grab a bag of popcorn, and then just watch him salsa, man. It’s been a long time coming to be able to play with him and how he’s finally back out here. It feels great for me, so I can only imagine what it feels like for him.”
Welcome back, Victor Cruz.