Carlos Rogers won't salsa Sunday

Updated: October 12, 2012, 5:49 PM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

Carlos Rogers won't be doing any salsa dancing on the field Sunday.

Out of respect for New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, the San Francisco 49ers cornerback told the New York Daily News he will stop mimicking the dance.

Cruz started doing his now-famous salsa touchdown celebration as a tribute to his grandmother, Lucy Molina, who recently died at 77. Molina had taught Cruz how to salsa when he was young.

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Al Bello/Getty ImagesVictor Cruz celebrates a touchdown with his signature salsa dance.

"I'm not gonna do it," Rogers told the newspaper Thursday. He mimicked the dance after intercepting an Eli Manning pass intended for Cruz in San Francisco's 27-20 regular-season victory over New York last season. "That's a tribute to his grandmother. Once (I heard) that, I threw that out the door.

"It's definitely out."

Asked if he was glad that Rogers wouldn't be mimicking his salsa dance on Sunday, Cruz responded, "Yeah, that's fine."

Earlier this week, Cruz said he would have felt insulted if Rogers did the dance again Sunday, when the two teams play in San Francisco.

"It's just something that I do for my grandmother," Cruz said on a conference call. "It's something that's sacred to me, it's something that's due to her passing. Before she passed away, it was something dear to me.

"Why I do it is for her because she told me she loved it so much, and she taught me how to do it and all of that put together. Knowing that, it's just a little slap in the face."

Rogers had told the Sacramento Bee that he respects Cruz, but possibly would do the dance again if he made a play on the Giants' wide receiver.

"I like the dance, actually," Rogers said. "I really can't do it as good as him but if I make a play or get an interception on him in my mind, just do his dance."

Cruz wrote in his book, "Out of the Blue," that he would not forget Rogers' imitation last year.

Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk was used in this report.

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