Photo: Victor Cruz Memoir Tells Teens "If I Can Make It, You Can Too"
His size. His heritage. His hometown. Because of it all, Victor Cruz’s impressive success in American football came as a surprise to many, but in his new book, the superstar says his success in the last year has been anything but “out of the blue.”
“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.”
In Out of the Blue, Cruz proves to be an inspiration not just to those wanting to make it big in professional sports, but for those who have a lot to overcome in the pursuit of a successful life.
Though the salsa-dancing-in-the-end-zone wide receiver is now a Super Bowl champ after leading the New York Giants all the way this year, his book, co-written by Peter Schrager, tells what life was like before everyone knew his name.
Cruz recently spoke with the Huffington Post, and when asked if he had any advice for the kids back in Paterson, New Jersey, the gritty neighborhood he grew up in, he stated:
Stay focused and use my story as inspiration. Know that no matter what goes wrong throughout your life that you can get through it, you can conquer it and move on to the next step of your life without taking a step back. These small things are just small speed bumps in your career and in your life. Know that I walked in those same streets, in those same places that you did. If I can make it out of there, then you can too.
“Out of the Blue” was released today, July 17 and is now available in stores and online.