NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has helped revive the salsa dance, making it mainstream in the world of football by strutting his stuff every time he finds the end zone.
Though the Paterson native has suggested that he may modify his trademark salsa dance, it’s undisputed that the celebratory routine is near and dear to his heart. Cruz has, on many occasions, told the story of how it was his grandmother, Lucy Molina, who taught him how to move like a superstar. Molina played a crucial role in raising Cruz, and she passed away at the age of 77 in early September.
So understandably, the star wideout wasn’t too pleased when he believed that San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers mocked him by doing the dance against the G-Men last November.
In his autobiography, entitled “Out of the Blue,” Cruz voiced his displeasure with the incident, writing,”With his teammates cheering him on, he did a sarcastic salsa dance over me. The Candlestick Park crowd went ballistic, but I wasn’t laughing. It was a sign of disrespect. Instead of getting up and retaliating, though, I sat and watched Rogers finish his cheap Victor Cruz imitation.”
With Big Blue set to square off with the 49ers on Sunday, Rogers decided to address the issue.
“I like the (Victor Cruz) dance, actually,” Rogers told reporters on Tuesday, according to The Sacramento Bee. “I really can’t do it as good as him, but if I make a play or get an interception on him, in my mind just do his dance.”
So will he disrespect Cruz again and do the dance if he makes a big play? It’s tough to tell from that response.
But we’ll find out soon enough.
In fives games this season, Cruz has caught 37 passes for 438 yards and five touchdowns. Rogers has recorded 13 tackles and a sack, but has yet to cause a turnover.
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