The story of Victor Cruz’s meteoric rise from UMass receiver to Giants salsa-dancing Super Bowl-winning receiver is one that should be at least somewhat familiar to UMass football fans. Now, with the help of Peter Schrager, Cruz is telling his life story in a new book, Out of the Blue. (Celebra Hardcover; 9780451416155)
In his second year in the NFL, the Paterson, New Jersey native lead the Giants in receptions (82), yards (1,536), and touchdown catches (nine). In Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots, Cruz had 4 catches for 25 yards and the Giants only receiving score. Less than a week after that game, reports surfaced that Cruz was closing in on a deal to have his life chronicled in a book.
The book will hit shelves on Tuesday but the publisher has released an excerpt of the epilogue:
“It may seem like I came out of the blue. But, my road was long, windy, full of hurdles, and even some dead ends. I lost family. I lost friends. I even lost my way. When I reached what felt like rock bottom, I realized I had a responsibility to everyone who believed in me and to kids, like me, who just needed a chance and something to believe in.”
The full excerpt can be read here.
As part of the publicity blitz, Cruz is scheduled to appear on ABC’s Good Morning America and on Comedy Central’s Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Tuesday. The Book retails for $26.95 but Amazon.com is currently taking orders for $16.99 right here.
I plan on posting a full review once I have read the book.