Cruz has a Jersey role model -- Chrebet

February, 1, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS --Before Victor Cruz, there was Wayne Chrebet.

You're talking about two fantastic underdog stories with distinct similarities: Both wide receivers, both from New Jersey (Cruz from Paterson, Chrebet from Garfield), both from small colleges (UMass and Hofstra, respectively) and both starring for their local teams.

Chrebet got his start in 1995 with the Jets. Now it's Cruz's turn.

"I'm really familiar with him," Cruz said Wednesday. "I've always been intrigued on how he's gotten to where he's gotten. It's definitely a testament to his hard work and everything he's had to battle and go through. He's a guy I look up to. I model myself after some of the things he's done."

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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