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Will Cruz receive an invite to Pro Bowl?

Victor Cruz of the New York Giants walks

Victor Cruz of the New York Giants walks off the field after losing to the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. (December 18, 2011) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Here's one of those sentences no one thought would ever be uttered but could be at some point Tuesday evening: Victor Cruz is a Pro Bowl receiver.

Not even Cruz himself thought that would be possible, at least not this year. But he is the NFL's third-leading receiver -- his 1,358 yards trail only Wes Welker (1,518) and Calvin Johnson (1,437) -- and he has become one of the league's most exciting playmakers. The NFL will announce its rosters for the Pro Bowl Tuesday night, and there is a good possibility that Cruz's name will be included.

"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," Cruz said.

"It's always been a goal . . . If my name is called, it'll be amazing."

If not, he'll still have a record-setting season. He broke Amani Toomer's franchise record for single-season receiving yards Saturday. He also broke the franchise record for longest play with his 99-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter that put the Giants ahead to stay against the Jets.

Other Giants players who might be Hawaii-bound are Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul and Antrel Rolle. The rosters will be unveiled at 7 p.m. on NFL Network.

Cruz's Pro Bowl hopes are burdened by his not being on the fan ballot. Fan voting accounts for one-third of the total decision-making process.

"I guess it'll have to be by the players' and coaches' votes," Cruz said. "Hopefully I've done enough."


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