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Monday, June 3, 2013
Victor Cruz wants his own reality show

By Dan Graziano

Yeah, that's right. No sarcasm, nothing. Just this link here from the New York Daily News that discusses New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz's current efforts to land his own reality TV show. Precious little about what the show would be like:
"It is going to be something that is very unique to me and very unique to what I like, and like to do,” he said.

“We are still fielding some requests, so we will see how it goes — the timing has to be right, and I have got to squeeze in some training in there before the season starts,” he said.

Cruz, 26, is adamant that his reality series would be tightly focused on him.

He said that watching NBA star Kris Humphries get into an ill-fated marriage with Kim Kardashian on her reality show was terrible — and he wants none of that.

Well, that's good, at least. While "more reality TV shows" is right up there on the list of things this world needs behind "more tornadoes," at least Cruz has the sensibility to identify what sort of extant garbage he doesn't want to replicate.

Look, I don't know what to tell you on this. Cruz obviously wants to be a big star. He has not, to this point, allowed that desire to affect his ability to produce on the football field, where he's been as productive as any wide receiver this side of Detroit for the past two seasons. Assuming he gets his current contract dispute worked out in time for the season and continues to play the way he did in 2011 and 2012, Giants fans could care less if he has 18 reality shows and joins the cast of "Game of Thrones."

But there is a point here to be made about said contract negotiations. The Giants know Cruz wants to be a big star, and part of their pitch in trying to get him to accept a lesser contract than he wants is that he'll have a better chance to be a big star if he stays in the New York market than he would if he went somewhere else as a free agent next year. Not that playing NFL football in another market would necessarily preclude Cruz from having his own reality TV show, but I don't think it's insulting anyone to suggest that his marketing opportunities will be greater if he lives in New York than they would if he lived in Green Bay, Wis.

Ultimately, this part of the Giants' argument is one I expect to carry a lot of weight, and contribute to getting a deal done. To this point, there's been no reason to hurry. Cruz hasn't missed any deadlines or any mandatory offseason work. The Giants have a minicamp next week that could change that, but so far Cruz has had no reason to move in their direction on negotiations. In the end, I believe he ends up signing with the Giants. But in the meantime, hey. If he can't get every last dollar he wants from the Giants, why not see about making some money as a TV star? Who among us wouldn't at least be intrigued?