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Victor Cruz is one of the most dynamic wide receivers in the NFL, and we were lucky enough to talk with him a few days before the Giants beat the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. (Could that just be a coincidence, or are we just good luck?) He told us about the Giants' involvement with Movember, the most bizarre athletic superstition he's ever heard/smelled, and why you don't wanna be at the bottom of the pile during a fumble.
Last week, David Ortiz and Shane Victorino shaved their beards at Gillette's World Shaving Headquarters in Boston. When you were on playoff runs, did the team ever do any mutual ritual like that?
Honestly, no. I'd say we were so caught up in what we were trying to do on the field that we didn't even pay any attention or have time to do something like that. But I think everyone is pretty on board for Movember this year. For some strange reason, everyone is doing this. It's interesting to see.
Is anyone on the team having a particularly hard time growing out their mustache?
I'm going to go with Prince Amukamara. He's trying. He's kind of having a tough time. It kind of grows in little waves. It grows in on an angle a little bit. He's got to get it cleaned up. He's trying. You got to give him credit. ... He's riding with that wave, so you can't be mad at him.
Are you also growing a mustache for Movember?
I am. I am actually growing a full goatee. It's coming in pretty good. ... It's getting cold, so a little more hair never hurt.
Do you have any superstitions or rituals that you stick with?
Not really superstitions, more so my routine. I guess having my routine would be somewhat superstitious. Just having my regimen, getting into the hot tub at this time, taking a shower, getting a massage, get my ankles taped, throwing with Eli. Doing my routine every week has been essential for me.