New York Giants Wide Receiver Victor Cruz Pays Tribute to Jack Pinto, One of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims
After one of the most disturbing and tragic events this past Friday in Connecticut, it was difficult to take your mind and thoughts away from those mourning the loss of children, family, friends, and colleagues.
Cruz learned that 6-year-old fan Jack Pinto, one of the victims who was buried this morning, was not only a huge Giants and Cruz fan, but he wore his Giants jersey every Sunday while watching his favorite team and player. According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, Cruz spoke with the Pinto family:
Jack was such a big fan of Cruz that his family is even considering burying him in Cruz's No. 80 Giants jersey, Cruz said. "It was very humbling to hear how big of a fan he was and how they were thinking about putting my jersey on him for the services," Cruz said. "It was an emotional time. It really shows you what type of effect that athletes have on kids. Not just seeing you on TV. They want to be you. They idolize you. They wear your jersey everywhere. It really showed me how real it is to be a role model. It was definitely humbling for sure.
Before the game, Cruz wrote on his cleats and gloves. He tweeted the pictures below saying, 'This game's for you Jack." Normally you would face a fine for writing personal messages on your gear, but considering the circumstances, this is more than OK with the NFL.
It was a pretty ugly game for the Giants and their fans as the Atlanta Falcons shut out the defending Super Bowl Champions, but hopefully this simple and selfless act by Cruz provided some sort of comfort for those grieving their loss.
[Via Bleacher Report]