NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Victor Cruz has never been selected to a Pro Bowl.
Well he wants to go for the first time in 2013.
In an effort to land a plane ticket to Hawaii, the superstar wide receiver has launched a media campaign that he hopes will entice fans to vote for him. The Paterson native has posted three videos on his Facebook page and is using Twitter to connect with fans, using the hashtag #ProBowlCatch.
The three videos, which are obviously fictitious, show Cruz catching a football that drops from an airplane, catching a football shot out of a cannon and catching a football released from a Jugs passing machine.
Cruz told ESPN that the videos were created with the help of Time Warner Cable , and he said that numerous outrageous scenarios were shot. The goal, Cruz said, was to illustrate that he “can catch anything.”
“We wanted to spice things up and get people get excited about the Pro Bowl,” Cruz told ESPN.
A second-team All-Pro selection in 2011, Cruz has a breakthrough season for Big Blue last season, setting the franchise single-season record for yards receiving with 1,536. He caught 82 balls and scored nine touchdowns en route to a Super Bowl victory.
But yet, he wasn’t a Pro Bowl selection.
The undrafted free agent out of UMass is having another excellent season in 2012. Not only has he become one of the most reliable and explosive wide receivers on the Giants — not to mention in the league — but he has become a fan favorite of the MetLife Stadium faithful.
Chants of “Cruuuuuuzzz” fill the Meadowlands whenever he makes a catch, and Big Blue nation can’t get enough of his salsa-dancing touchdown celebrations.
“I came from out of nowhere,” Cruz said. “I played this game with my heart and my soul. Every time I’m out there I’m laying it all out there for my team. I feel like that’s what embodies a Pro Bowl player, not just the statistics and the touchdowns. When you see your best player — your favorite player — make the big plays and be passionate about his sport every time you see him play, and it never wavers, that inspires everybody.
“And that’s a good reason to vote for me. I didn’t make it last year and I wanted to do everything possible to drive people to vote for me this time.”
In 13 games for New York this season, Cruz has caught 76 balls for 1,004 yards and nine touchdowns. He’s averaging 13.2 yards per catch and hasn’t fumbled the ball once.
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