It couldn’t have been scripted any better for New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz.
With a little more than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter he caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to give the Giants the lead against the Dallas Cowboys.
When asked if his salsa dance was rusty, he said that doesn’t happen.
“Doing the dance, man, it’s in the blood,” Cruz said in his postgame comments. “So it doesn’t go anywhere; it’s like riding a bike.”
— New York Giants (@Giants) September 12, 2016
There was some question as to whether he would again have the opportunity to salsa in the end zone. He was signed the day after the 2010 NFL draft by the Giants. After only playing in three games his rookie season, he burned up the league the next year.
In only seven starts he caught 9 touchdown passes and he was an All Pro in 2012.
The injury bug hit halfway through his 2014 season when he tore his patellar tendon. He rehabbed the rest of the year only to have his 2015 campaign derailed due a lingering calf injury. When asked if he thought this day might not happen he told the media on hand that wasn’t a thought.
“Never,” Cruz said. “I knew that [if] I continued to rehab and continued to push myself forward to get back to playing football, everything else, the little things that come along from a business standpoint, were the only things that I didn’t know, because that is out of my control.”
If Cruz can return to 2012 form alongside Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants could have the most explosive passing attack in the league.