Former Giants WR Victor Cruz is officially hanging up his cleats, announcing on Tuesday he is retiring from the NFL.
Cruz announced his retirement in an UNINTERRUPTED video, where he briefly recalled his highs and lows over his seven-year career.
Cruz may not have hauled in a catch in the three games he suited up during the 2010 season, but he gained some buzz after a great preseason. One of his most memorable performances came against the Jets, where he caught three touchdowns, including an insane one-handed catch-and-run for the score.
It was in 2011, though, that Cruz had his breakout season. Wearing No. 80 instead of No. 3 this time, Cruz hauled in 82 receptions for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns, solidifying himself as Eli Manning's favorite target that season. He would also capture his first and only Super Bowl ring that season as well.
Cruz, now a household name for Giants fans, made the Pro Bowl in 2012 after another 1,000-yard season with 10 touchdowns as well.
In 2013, Cruz was once again lighting up the field. That was until a bad knee injury ended his season after 12 games, two yards shy of his third consecutive 1,000-yard season.
From then on, Cruz couldn't stay on the field consistently. He played only six games in 2014 after suffering a torn patellar tendon in his right knee, and many believed his career wouldn't be the same after that.
Those guesses were right, with Cruz suffering a left calf strain during rehab, and it would stick with him throughout the entire 2015 season. He tried everything from rest to a platelet-rich plasma injection, but it was all for no use as he announced he wouldn't be back on the field until next season.
In 2016, he finally made his way back to the Giants. However, it wasn't the season he had hoped for. Cruz did haul in a touchdown against the Cowboys in Week 1 that many thought signaled he was back.
In the end, he would finish the season with 586 yards on 39 receptions and only that one touchdown. The Giants would release him that offseason, and would eventually sign with the Bears in May 2017. He was later cut by Chicago before the start of the regular season.
Though it wasn't the career end Cruz envisioned, he does have aspirations outside of football. He is heavily involved in fashion, as he touched on releasing his own shoe with Nike in his retirement video.
Cruz also mentioned he won't be getting entirely away from football, mentioning a new journey with ESPN in the future.
"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 in an official press release. "I'm excited to get started and share my insight and analysis with the viewers and fans of the NFL."
Over his career, Cruz amassed 4,549 yards, 25 touchdowns, and averaged 15 yards per reception.