Victor Cruz was in the Giants’ locker room one day last May when he was summoned to the phone in the lobby of the team’s training complex near MetLife Stadium.
Pres. Barack Obama was on the line.
“When you get a phone call from the President, you don’t tell him you’ll call him back,” Cruz said today. “He asked me if I could be helpful to his campaign. He just told me how much of a fan he was of me and if I wanted to help out, if I wanted to be a voice for the young people and help him out in any way possible. I told him of course, whatever I can do.”
Cruz actively campaigned for Obama, appearing at rallies and doing several interviews in recent weeks – even on Election Day. The Giants’ receiver was delighted to see that his work paid off with the President’s re-election last night.
“I was very excited,” Cruz said. “It’s big for our community, it’s big for minorities, it’s big for the Latin community, it’s big for all of us. Let’s hope he continues to do positive things for us. I’m excited to have him back for another term.”
Cruz said he appeared at rallies in south Florida in addition to doing radio and television interviews, many of which were conducted in Spanish.
“A lot of the stuff was geared toward the Latin community,” he said.
A few months before Obama called Cruz, he had met the President at a campaign rally in New York City. “He shook my hand, and he instantly started the salsa when I first met him.”