Giants Cruz Ready to Face Patriots

Cruz will run into old UMass buddy vs. Patriots

By TOM CANAVAN
AP Sports Writer
      EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Victor Cruz has had a season full
of improbable moments, and the Super Bowl is going to be another.

      In less than six months, the obscure second-year wide receiver
from the University of Massachusetts has set a single-season
receiving record for the Giants and become one of the most popular
athletes in the New York area.

      He catches a pass, and the crowd screams “Cruuuuuuuuuuzzzzzz!”
When he scores a touchdown, he draws cheers with his celebratory
salsa. People even mimic his dance moves in the stands.

      Now, when the Giants (12-7) face the Patriots (15-3) in the
Super Bowl on Feb. 5, Cruz will get a chance to face New England
safety James Ihedigbo – who served as his recruiting host when he
visited UMass 4½ years ago.
      

      
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