Out Of The Blue by Victor Cruz with Peter Schrager

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...a very heartwarming story and shows that no matter how many obstacles you face in life, you can overcome them and be successful.
-Farmingdale Patch


“It may seem like I came out of the blue. But, my road was long, windy, full of hurdles, and even some dead ends. I lost family. I lost friends. I even lost my way. When I reached what felt like rock bottom, I realized I had a responsibility to everyone who believed in me and to kids, like me, who just needed a chance and something to believe in.”—from the epilogue of Out of the Blue

Victor Cruz, the Super Bowl-winning and record-breaking wide receiver, is best known for his explosive plays and salsa touchdown celebrations. While his meteoric rise in the NFL looked like the result of a magical year, it was actually a lifetime in the making.

Raised in Paterson, New Jersey’s gritty Fourth Ward, Cruz overcame numerous setbacks through hard work, perseverance, and the support of his loving family—from his grandmother who gave him his signature dance moves; to his late father, a former firefighter, who introduced him to football and taught him how to play; to his hard-working, single mother who never let him give up in the face of a challenge. They all helped to keep him on the right path, as did his coaches, but Cruz’s journey was never easy. There were family tragedies, academic struggles, injuries, and more. In this inspiring, never-before-seen account, Cruz pays tribute to the people and places that made him the man he is today, recounts his most defining moments, and illustrates how his hardships ultimately unleashed his impenetrable will to win.

Out of the Blue is a candid and moving reflection of an overlooked and undersized athlete with an uncommon last name in American football that was determined to beat the odds and earn his chance to succeed.

About Victor Cruz with Peter Schrager

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Victor Cruz is the New York Giants wide receiver whose breakout 2011 season catapulted him to stardom. In sixteen games, Cruz had eighty-two receptions for 1,536 yards, a franchise season record. He averaged ninety-six yards per game, with nine touchdowns, including a ninety-nine-yarder and a crucial Super Bowl catch. Before joining the Giants, Cruz was a standout at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Paterson Catholic High School in New Jersey.
Published July 17, 2012 by Celebra. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Farmingdale Patch

Reviewed by Bryan Saur on Jul 23 2012

...a very heartwarming story and shows that no matter how many obstacles you face in life, you can overcome them and be successful.

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Reviewed by Mike Farley

Surely Cruz' career seems like it came "out of the blue," but once you read this (highly recommended) book...you'll find out that a whole lot of blood, sweat and tears literally shaped the career of this young man

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