Victor Cruz making the grade for Giants

Giants rookie wide receiver's story a case study in perseverance

Updated: August 21, 2010, 9:10 PM ET
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Long before he shredded Rex Ryan's defense and had LeBron James tweeting about him, Victor Cruz sat in Pamela Marsh-Williams' office and wondered whether he would come out in one piece.

His college football career hadn't even started and Cruz was failing miserably in his classes at UMass. Now, he and his mother, Blanca, had to sit before the school's assistant provost/dean of undergraduate advising, who wanted to know why Cruz showed little regard for school.

Marsh-Williams ...

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