Sadly, NFL star Victor Cruz had never heard the name Jack Pinto until it was too late.
This past Saturday, according to an article over at Yahoo! Sports, Cruz , a wide receiver for the New York Giants began to notice Pinto’s name all over his Twitter feed. And it dawned on him. Jack Pinto, a 6-year-old who was among the 20 children killed in Friday’s Sandy Hook School shooting in Connecticut, had been one of Victor Cruz’s biggest fans.
“My Twitter feed started filling up with ‘Jack Pinto, Jack Pinto,’” he told Yahoo! Sports. “I’m reading this, and I’m in my hotel room fighting back tears.”
Word had gotten out and people on the internet had begun to notify the Giants star about how much young Jack had really loved him. Jack had always rooted for the Giants in front of his TV with his Cruz jersey on, they said.
He was a boy who loved football and adored Victor Cruz.
Shortly after realizing what had happened, Cruz was on the phone with Pinto’s grieving family. And in Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, Cruz wrote Jack’s name on his shoe: a small but powerful homage to the memory of Jack that would have certainly thrilled him.
During the post-game locker room interviews, Yahoo! Sports noted that Cruz remained longer than any footballer ever really is expected to, answering every single question that he could in regards to the tragedy that had occurred and the connection that had been made between himself and the Pinto family.
A bond, it seems, that is not lost on him in the slightest. Jack Pinto is slated to be buried this week in his Victor Cruz jersey.
“We see the effect we have on kids, and it’s humbling,” Cruz said. “It’s a real honor to be a role model.”
Well done, Victor. Well done, indeed.
Info source: Yahoo! Sports
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