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Victor Cruz captured the hearts of many NFL fans with his electric, record-breaking play, entertaining touchdown celebrations and his genuine, humble demeanor on and off the field as a member of the Super Bowl-winning New York Giants last season. But just as quickly as this star was born, it could burn out all the same if he continues to play at a level so unpleasantly displayed in the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
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Cruz, who spent the offseason living the fast life and taking in all the perks of his new found superstardom, broke the 2012 regular season open with a dismal, unexpected performance that culminated in three key drops and a disappointing loss to the hated Cowboys, 24-17.
Hall of Fame quarterback and Fox TV analyst Terry Bradshaw had no problem taking a jab at Cruz, his performance and his offseason activities (via Schenectady Daily Gazette):
“Victor, no more commercials. He caught more passes in that commercial than he did in th...
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+2 for a tremendous play
+1 for a good play
0 for doing your job
-1 for a poor play
-2 for a very bad play...
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Comments on the New York Giants by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
NEW YORK GIANTS (10)
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