Victor Cruz watched Super Bowl XLII in the apartment of fellow UMass athlete Gary Forbes, who now plays in the NBA for the Raptors. Forbes called Cruz a few days ago.
“(He) was like ‘Man you gotta be the luckiest guy I’ve ever met,’” Cruz recalled. “We were just chopping it up. It’s amazing. Never would I have imagined my life would turn out this way but I’m here now and I just have to take advantage of the moment.”
Cruz – who was a Cowboys fan at the time, remember -- said it was hard watching that game in Massachusetts surrounded by legions of Patriots fans expecting to celebrate a perfect season.
“It got pretty ugly in that apartment complex,” Cruz said. “UMass gets pretty crazy. Guys were tipping cars. It was out of control, to say the least.”