Victor Cruz is a former professional wide receiver. He played college football at UMass. Cruz finished his career at UMass with 131 catches ranking him fourth all-time on the UMass receptions list (2020).
In 2010, signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent. The following year, the New York Giants would go on to win the Super Bowl, with much of the help coming from Cruz. Against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship, Cruz had 10 catches for 142 yards—all in the first half—as the Giants edged the 49ers, 20–17, in overtime to advance to Super Bowl XLVI. The Giants then advanced to winning the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots for another Super Bowl title. On July 8, 2013, Cruz signed a five-year, $45.879 million total, contract extension. This made the total a six-year deal, including the free agent tender.
In the summer of 2010, Cruz founded the "Young Whales" clothing line with former teammate Nate Collins.On August 21, 2018, Cruz announced his retirement to join ESPN as an analyst. He signed a one-day contract with the New York Giants to officially retire with the team.