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When the NY Giants meet the Baltimore Ravens today I predict that WR Victor Cruz will have his best game of the season, and the reason for this prediction is based on his highly emotional visit with the family of Jack Pinto, a six-year-old slain in the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, who was also one of Victor’s biggest fans. According to USA Today, Cruz visited their home and spent an hour consoling the family and handing out autographed Giants memorabilia. When Cruz was asked about the visit and the family’s decision to bury their child in his jersey, his eyes grew misty. “You never go through circumstance like this. This was definitely the toughest by far.” His visit with the Pinto family and his memory of six-year-old Jack will be with him when he plays today, and probably for the rest of his life. I often refer to this as “excelling for a higher order” and this is an excellent example.

When one of the NFL’s top wide receivers drops a pass in a single game it could be written off as just a mental error. But when he drops two, a little light goes off. And when he drops three, you figure there’s gotta be a reason. Some of the media pundits are saying that “his off-season celebrity has affected his performance” and there could be some truth to that. But more than likely there was something that took place in Cruz’s personal life the night before the game that affected his focus. Something he bottled-up and didn’t tell anyone about. Perhaps it had something to do with his infant daughter Kennedy or his long-time girlfriend, Elaina Watley.  Whatever the reason, it’s another example of how what takes place away from the football field affects what takes place on the football field. If in Cruz’s next game against Tampa Bay he reverts back to his old reliable self, we’ll know that he resolved whatever mental issue or issues he had that may have been hovering above him like a dark cloud.


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