Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

by Victor Cruz, Peter Schrager

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“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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101592946
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/17/2012
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 9 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Victor Cruz is the New York Giants wide receiver whose breakout 2011 season catapulted him to stardom. In 16 games, Cruz had 82 receptions for 1,536 yards, a franchise season record. He averaged 96 yards-per-game, with nine touchdowns, including a 99-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.

Peter Schrager covers the NFL and college football at FoxSports.com. He is a frequent contributor to GQ, Esquire.com, and The Daily.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Homegrown 19

2 Finding Stability 39

3 A Firefighter's Son 51

4 Trying Something New 73

5 Life Is A Test 91

6 The Real World 117

7 Waiting For A Chance 147

8 Going In 169

9 Rising To The Occasion 195

10 Hometown Hero 215

11 Living The Dream 227

12 New Responsibilities 253

13 Finishing The Job 277

Epilogue 299

Acknowledgments 305

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Out of the Blue 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story about victor and his life and trouble
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find this book to be very well written and inspiring for the young fellas with a dream in the NFL. Im a female who was moved by this book. I am a Giants fan but thats not what inspired me to read Victors book, see I am also an hispanic but Im one of those you`ll never guess i was one. I was interested in his backround and wanted to read who Victor Cruz was and his journey. His life is pretty interesting. I recommend this book to all upcoming athletes wanting to be in the professional league of any sport. Cruz takes pride in who, where and what he is. Never Give Up on anything you started, make it better, improve until you feel accomplished !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lets go victor cruz !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for all Giants fans
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You walked out of the nursery. (Four moons) You walk around a bit. A butterfly flits near the apprintences den. You decide to chase it. It would be fun to check the place out anyway. Just then, a lovely smell come out of the med den. You: <p> &starf If you choose to go to the med den, go to chamilione res one. <p> &starf If you choose to follow the Butterfly, go to explore res one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think victer cruze is awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted to do a paper on Victor Curz and I did and i know about this book so I use it on the paper ,this book tells you about Victor before he steped into glory as a NFL player his life in NJ to the UMASS to the NFL draft to FA and on to play football on NYG
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realy got to know the story of Victor Cruz
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is relly good book
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Yal haters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great book for young athletes to read! They won the super bowl! I love you victor cruz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the giants suck
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book because it explains all of the hardships that he went through to be where he is now. When I read this book it inspired me to do a lot of sports so I tried out for volleyball but I got cut, just like Victor did in the beginning. He never gave up on his dream so all of you young athletes who have been rejected in life you shoukd never give up and keep trying to succeed what you love to do. I love being a Giants fan because that team inspires young kids to do their best. Not any other NFL teams do that to young kids. I am proud to be a Giants fan and to be Victor Cruz's fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Victor Cruz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Skizze21 More than 1 year ago
I'm a giants fan so I couldn't help but enjoy this book. You got a good look into his life of how hard he works to get better and help his family. He comes across as a very loyal person and seems like a really good guy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I met him before becaukse my aunt works at him school and the same classroom he was taught in he came to visit the class and i also went to visit
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its amazing i met him in co-op
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A memoir about his life...truely amazing!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
10 $$$$$$$$$
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I am a single mom trying to raise a 14 year old son who has issues fitting in since he is half black. He is strughling with school. I read this book and thought it was just what my son needed. My son read it from cover to cover. He is so motivated and inspired. I see a light in his eyes. He talks about how if Victor Cruz can succeed then so can I. My son is now making As and Bs. He is also motivate to excel more in sports. This book has really turned my son around and has changed his life. THANK YOU VICTOR CRUZ FOR SHARING YOUR STORY...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love u the giants &i was touch by your live l hop u get at youre send enemy &always rember that jefrey white jr is o giants fan thlat will get2read your books!Please send me a call !