Nothing sums up the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles “Dream Team” like the week three 29-16 home loss against the New York Giants.
It was late in the first quarter, New York up 7-0, when Eli Manning saw a wide-9 Eagles blitz and hit Victor Cruz on a simple flare pass. Kurt Coleman missed the first tackle, then Nnamdi Asomugha whiffed on an arm tackle, clattered into his teammate, and Cruz took it in 74 yards for the score.
Cruz went on to score 9 touchdowns that season and rack up 1,536 yards as the Giants won the Super Bowl. The Dream Team finished 8-8.
He had another 1,000 yard receiving season in 2012, then came back to Philly and tore his patellar tendon reaching for a pass in the end zone in 2014 He missed the entire 2015 season with a separate calf issue, returned to put up okay numbers in 2016, then was released by the Giants.
He was just never the same after those injuries, but really became a thorn in the side during the tail-end of Andy Reid’s tenure. Cruz finished his career with 45 catches for 679 yards against the Birds, snagging five total touchdowns. He put up 75 receiving yards on average in 9 games vs. Philly.
A seven-year NFL veteran and a 2012 Pro Bowl selection, Cruz will contribute to NFL Live, Get Up!, SportsCenter, ESPN Radio and other ESPN platforms year-round. He will make his ESPN debut Wednesday (Aug. 22) during the 9 a.m. ET hour on both Get Up! and SportsCenter.
“As I officially close one chapter of my life and begin another, I could not be more thrilled to join another championship team at ESPN,” said Cruz. “I’m excited to get started and share my insight and analysis with the viewers and fans of the NFL.”
Yeah, Cruz was a pain in the ass during his prime, and the salsa dance was barf-worthy, but he was really fun to watch against other teams:
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