Cruz grows up in win over Eagles

Finally getting his chance, the WR lived his late-father's dream with a breakout game

Updated: September 26, 2011, 5:11 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

PHILADELPHIA -- To understand how an unknown, undrafted and unwanted football player named Victor Cruz suddenly grew up as a New York Giant, you have to understand how he suddenly grew up as a man.

He was walking toward the bus outside Lincoln Financial Field, the winners' bus, when Cruz disclosed that his father and hero -- a Paterson, N.J. firefighter named Michael Walker -- took his own life four years back.

"It was difficult at first," Cruz said, "but I understood ...

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