Victor Cruz Joins ESPN as an NFL Analyst


Victor Cruz Joins ESPN as an NFL Analyst

New York Giants Super Bowl Champion will appear on NFL Live, Get Up!, SportsCenter, ESPN Radio and More

Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is joining ESPN as an NFL analyst. The Super Bowl champion officially announced his NFL retirement and his new ESPN role today in a video on UNINTERRUPTED.

A seven-year NFL veteran and a 2012 Pro Bowl selection, Cruz will contribute to NFL Live, Get Up!, SportsCenter, ESPN Radio and other ESPN platforms year-round. He will make his ESPN debut Wednesday (Aug. 22) during the 9 a.m. ET hour on both Get Up! and SportsCenter.

“As I officially close one chapter of my life and begin another, I could not be more thrilled to join another championship team at ESPN,” said Cruz. “I’m excited to get started and share my insight and analysis with the viewers and fans of the NFL.”

Adds Seth Markman, ESPN’s senior coordinating producer, NFL studio shows: “Victor is passionate about the NFL, and we’ve long been impressed with his ability to connect and engage with fans. He has a deep knowledge of the game and experience playing at the highest levels, so we expect him to be an impactful voice.”

Cruz joined the New York Giants in 2010 as an undrafted free agent from UMass. The following year, he recorded his first 1,000-yard season and caught a touchdown pass in the Giants’ Super Bowl XLVI victory over the Patriots.

In his seven years with the Giants (2010-16), Cruz totaled 303 catches for 4,549 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns, including an NFL record-tying 99-yard reception in December 2011.

Cruz has made a number of appearances on ESPN through the years. He has presented at The ESPYS, attended the Winter X Games, and he was part of a 2014 This Is SportsCenter spot. He most recently appeared as a guest analyst on NFL Live in January.

In addition to his new role with ESPN, Cruz hosts The Victor Cruz Show with Paul Rivera on UNINTERRUPTED, a “barbershop talk” style conversation about sports, music and fashion. Cruz was one of the first athletes to create a profile and develop his own content for the all-digital sports programming network founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter.

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Allie Stoneberg

I advance ESPN’s communications and publicity efforts for NFL studio programming, Monday Night Football, the NFL Draft and our coverage of the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League. I enjoy meeting journalists in person at games and events and delight in showing them around our Bristol, Conn., campus.
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