ESPN has added another former NFL star to its roster as the start of the 2018-’19 season nears.
Victor Cruz has joined the network’s talent lineup. A former wide receiver with the New York Giants, Cruz also has a Super Bowl title to his name and a spot in the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl.
The announcement of Cruz’s addition to ESPN’s talent roster came today as he announced that after seven years in the league, he had decided to retire from the game. That announcement of his retirement came on Uninterrupted. Cruz said in a prepared statement that he was looking forward to joining ESPN’s ranks.
“As I officially close one chapter of my life and begin another, I could not be more thrilled to join another championship team at ESPN,” Cruz said. “I’m excited to get started and share my insight and analysis with the viewers and fans of the NFL.”
Seth Markman, ESPN’s Senior Coordinating Producer of NFL studio programming, said he was looking forward to Cruz joining the network, too.
“Victor is passionate about the NFL, and we’ve long been impressed with his ability to connect and engage with fans,” Markman said. “He has a deep knowledge of the game and experience playing at the highest levels, so we expect him to be an impactful voice.”
Cruz joined the Giants in 2010 as an undrafted free agent from UMass. In only his second season (2011-’12 season), Cruz recorded his first 1,000 yard season and even recorded one touchdown in the Giants’ 21-17 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI (46). From there to the end of his time with the Giants (2016), Cruz totaled 303 catches for 4,549 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns, including an NFL record-tying 99-yard reception in December 2011.
Cruz has appeared on ESPN before, so he is no stranger to the network. He has presented at the ESPYS, attended ESPN’s Winter X Games and was even part of an ESPN This Is SportsCenter spot in 2014. Most recently, he served as a guest analyst on ESPN’s NFL Live this past January.
Cruz already co-hosts The Victor Cruz Show with Paul Rivera on Uninterrupted. The program is a “barbershop talk” style program that focuses on discussions on sports, music and fashion. He is also one of the first athletes to develop his own content for an all-digital sports programming network founded by NBA star LeBron James and businessman/media personality Maverick Carter.
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