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Cruz recalls watching SB42 with current NBA player

New York Giants Victor Cruz celebrates his NFC

New York Giants Victor Cruz celebrates his NFC championship playoff victory over the san francisco 49ers at candlestick park in san francisco January 22, 2012 (Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara) Credit: newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

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.”

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