Still wearing the hospital bracelet from Monday, Victor Cruz beamed as he stood at the podium.
The wide receiver and his girlfriend, Elaina Watley, finally welcomed baby daughter, Kennedy, into the world Monday night – just six days before the Giants’ divisional playoff game against the Packers at Lambeau Field.
Baby Cruz – born the same day as the Newsday reporter posting this blog -- weighed in at seven pounds, 2.3 ounces, according to Papa Cruz.
The past few weeks have been a rollercoaster of emotions for the slot receiver, who had breakout games in consecutive weeks against the Jets and Cowboys, but had a so-so showing against the Falcons in the wild card game – all while awaiting the birth of his first child.
Cruz said he and his girlfriend were lying down after Sunday’s game, trying to enjoy a brief moment of peace and quiet...
When her water broke.
“I was like, ‘What? No way.’ And she’s was like, ‘Yeah, I think it just did,’” Cruz recalled with a laugh. “I’m like frantic. ‘Should I get dressed? Should you get dressed? Should I take a shower? Wait, I don’t need to take a shower. You need to take a shower.’
“So it was a crazy feeling but we made it to the hospital and everything went so smoothly.”
Cruz texted Charles Way, the Giants’ director of player development, around 3 a.m. Monday to inform the team he wouldn’t be making it to practice.
“He texted me back immediately and said, ‘Don’t worry about it. Just do what you need to do,’” Cruz said. “And thankfully Tuesday was our day off. It worked out well.”
Despite the running around and lack of sleep, Cruz said he’s up to speed on the Packers. He brought his laptop to the hospital Tuesday so he could study film.
“I saw what they do (on film) and today we just reinforced everything,” Cruz said before heading out to pick up his girlfriend and daughter from the hospital. “So I’m on track.”