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“"It's important," Nicks said of keeping the receivers together. The Giants will want to lock up their biggest playmaker this past season. Cruz, 25, may have saved the Giants season with a 99-yard touchdown against the Jets that helped start the six-game winning streak that ended with the Super Bowl victory. He also had a 74-yard touchdown in the final game of the regular season to help the Giants clinch the NFC East and a berth into the playoffs. In the NFC Championship, he had 10 catches for 142 yards and he scored a touchdown in the first half of the Super Bowl win against New England. He started to face more added defensive pressure as the season progressed. Cruz saw double teams in the slot against the Patriots and knows he will see a lot more next season. "We understand that teams are going to know about me now and not really be na´ve to, 'oh, he is just good this game or that game,'" Cruz said. "Just a matter of understanding where the double teams are coming from and understanding how they are trying to play me." Cruz hopes to do plenty more salsa touchdown celebrations next season. His end zone dance became a huge hit to the point where Madonna even did a Cruz salsa impression during her news conference to talk about her Super Bowl halftime show. Cruz will again cross over into the music entertainment industry when he and Manningham present at the Grammys. "That's pretty sick," he said of the honor. "I think myself and Mario are doing it for best duo." Cruz, though, says he won't let all the success and exploding fame change who he is and spoil him. "I don't know what makes me so cool that they want me to do all this stuff," he said. "It's just a lot of fun. Anytime you win a Super Bowl, there's a lot of stuff that comes with it. After that, it is just being the same old you, taking the same old garbage out of my mother's house, doing the same old things." "It is safe to say that I will not be spoiled by success," he added. "Especially when I have the type of mother that I have that won't allow that." Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com.
I feel like just looking at the top players in the league and looking at what I did this year, I feel like naturally there should be an increase in pay.” -- Giants sensation Victor Cruz