The New York Giants would much rather being playing in New Orleans this coming Sunday, but that just wasn't in the cards for them this season. Instead, four of their players were sent to Hawaii to represent Big Blue in the 2012-2013 NFL Pro Bowl. And well-represented they were.
Quarterback Eli Manning rebounded well after throwing a pick-six in his first series, offensive lineman Chris Snee played relatively well against a mildly aggressive defense, and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul not only recorded a sack of Peyton Manning, but hauled in the game-sealing interception. Still, it was the performance of wide receiver Victor Cruz that really stood out.
Appearing in his first Pro Bowl, Cruz wanted to make an impression. Right out of the gate he did exactly that, hauling in a pass from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. He followed that with a five-catch series shortly after Manning came in, which was capped off with a touchdown … and subsequent salsa.
"I gave [the hula] a little bit of thought," Cruz said. "But my first Pro Bowl, I felt like I got to keep it classic."
His day then ended after hauling in his 10th reception, courtesy of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russel Wilson, which was a single-game Pro Bowl record. The previous record of nine receptions was held by Randy Moss (Minnesota Vikings, 2000).
When all was said and done, Cruz had 92 yards and a touchdown on those 10 receptions, but despite setting an all-time mark, the MVP award went to Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, who had five receptions of his own for 122 yards and a touchdown (from Eli Manning).
Say what you will about the Pro Bowl, but setting records that have stood for over a decade is a big deal. Many congratulations go out to Cruz.
Now if only the Giants could work out the details on a new contract for him…
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