In week 5 of the 2014 NFL season Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz tore his patella tendon while playing against the Philadelphia Eagles. The injury sidelined Cruz for the rest of the season, taking away the Giants number one wide receiver at the time.
Cruz is currently rehabbing his leg and hoping his body gets back to pristine salsa-dancing form. The UMASS Amherst graduate uses speed as an essential part of his game, being one of the league leaders in deep ball receptions during his tenure with the Giants. His hope is that he can retain his speed after his rehabilitation and can come back from the injury unchanged.
In an interview with Complex Sports, Cruz admitted the how difficult this feat has been.
“It definitely is one of the most difficult things I’ve had to go through in my life,” noted Cruz. “Still currently going through it. It’s not easy to come back from something like and to work every day.”
While Cruz admits the challenges to his rehab, he acknowledges the progress he has made during the recovery process.
“I’ve started to do some things and I’m starting to feel my knee getting better and responding better, but I understand there’s a long way to go and a process and I don’t wanna rush anything,” said the Giants wideout.
Cruz’s patient attitude should serve him beneficially as he rehabilitation process continues on. The wide receiver noted that he is also avoiding alcoholic drinks or any substances that may further exaggerate his recovery process.
Cruz also discussed his predictions for the upcoming NBA title chase as well as his bet on who wins the anticipated boxing fight Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather fight.
“Obviously, the Cleveland Cavaliers are taking it this year,” stated Cruz. “Well, I’m a LeBron fan, obviously…And I just think that he’s got that team playing at a high level right now. And it’s not just because he’s my guy and I watch most of their game – I watch everyone for the most part. I just think they’re coming together at the right, and in basketball it’s not always the best team, it’s the hottest team.”
While Cruz isn’t a NBA analyst, picking the Cavs at this point in the season makes sense as they have made quite the midseason surge, poising themselves to hold the second overall spot in the Eastern conference. Cruz had a lot less to say about his boxing prediction;
While Cruz is picking the favorite in both of these predictions, it will be interesting to see how his foresights pan out. In the interim Cruz will continue to rehab his patella tendon and try to be ready for the start of the 2015 NFL season in September.