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Cruz will learn if he's a Pro Bowler tomorrow

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz smiles

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz smiles from the bench during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against New York Jets. (Dec. 24, 2011) Credit: AP

Victor Cruz admitted that he is curious to see if his name pops up on Pro Bowl rosters that will be announced tomorrow evening.

“It’s one of those things that if it happens it’s a blessing and if not it’s just something to aspire to in the next years and something to look forward to,” said Cruz, the Giants’ leading receiver and the NFC’s second-leading receiver. “It’s always been a goal, it’s one of those things where you watch the Pro Bowl as a kid every year and you watch those great guys go out there and hopefully if my name is called it’ll be amazing.”

In a fair and just world, Cruz should make it. He has 1,358 receiving yards, which is third-best in the NFL behind Wes Welker (1,518) and Calvin Johnson (1,437). His big disadvantage is not being on the fan ballot. The fan’s votes count for one third of the total towards naming the roster.

“I guess it’ll have to be by the players’ and coaches’ votes,” he said. “Hopefully I’ve done enough.”

He’s done more than any Giants receiver ever has, setting the single-season franchise record on Saturday.

“It’s still pretty surreal,” he said. “I wake up every day and pinch myself and think about how far I’ve come and all the stuff I’ve done. I didn’t even anticipate this season, I just wanted to come in and hopefully do some things well and find my place. Now, to have a place in history, it’s just been crazy.”

He also broke another record with his 99-yard touchdown reception, the longest in team history.

“I watched it a few times,” he said. “I still don’t even know how I did that.”

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