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Out of the Blue [Kindle Edition]

Victor Cruz , Peter Schrager
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“It may seem like I came out of the blue. But, my road was long, windy, full of hurdles, and even some dead ends. I lost family. I lost friends. I even lost my way. When I reached what felt like rock bottom, I realized I had a responsibility to everyone who believed in me and to kids, like me, who just needed a chance and something to believe in.”—from the epilogue of Out of the Blue

Victor Cruz, the Super Bowl-winning and record-breaking wide receiver, is best known for his explosive plays and salsa touchdown celebrations. While his meteoric rise in the NFL looked like the result of a magical year, it was actually a lifetime in the making.

Raised in Paterson, New Jersey’s gritty Fourth Ward, Cruz overcame numerous setbacks through hard work, perseverance, and the support of his loving family—from his grandmother who gave him his signature dance moves; to his late father, a former firefighter, who introduced him to football and taught him how to play; to his hard-working, single mother who never let him give up in the face of a challenge. They all helped to keep him on the right path, as did his coaches, but Cruz’s journey was never easy. There were family tragedies, academic struggles, injuries, and more. In this inspiring, never-before-seen account, Cruz pays tribute to the people and places that made him the man he is today, recounts his most defining moments, and illustrates how his hardships ultimately unleashed his impenetrable will to win.

Out of the Blue is a candid and moving reflection of an overlooked and undersized athlete with an uncommon last name in American football that was determined to beat the odds and earn his chance to succeed.

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About the Author

Victor Cruz is the New York Giants wide receiver whose breakout 2011 season catapulted him to stardom. In 16 games, Cruz had 82 receptions for 1,536 yards, a franchise season record. He averaged 96 yards-per-game, with nine touchdowns, including a 99-yarder and a crucial Super Bowl catch. Before joining the Giants, Cruz was a standout at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Paterson Catholic High School in New Jersey.

Peter Schrager covers the NFL and college football at He is a frequent contributor to GQ,, and The Daily.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4176 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Celebra (July 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HU7LB2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,146 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A TOUCHING TRIBUTE FROM AN NFL SUPERSTAR!" July 17, 2012
"OUT OF THE BLUE" delivers an emotional and deeply moving tribute from Victor Cruz, known for his Super Bowl winning and record breaking wide receiver in his explosive plays and touchdown celebrations. An NFL Superstar reflects on all those who helped him along the way to success by leading him to the right road. He recounts his challenges, most defining moments, hardship, and much more. Victor gives praise to his single mom who was supportive, his late father who taught him football, and his long journey through the dark paths that followed him. This heartfelt book portrays the ups-and-downs, and the glory as well as family tragedy, academic struggles, and injuries. He gives praise to his coaches for their support and all who helped him climb the ladder to success. Inspiring throughout and Highly Recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable story! July 24, 2012
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This Is a remarkable story about a young man who went through many obstacles before making it to the New York Giants! This is an inspirational story for all of you! Victor's Lifetime goal was to play basketball, however he ends up in the NFL! You will not want to put this book down. Any aspiring athlete, high school coach, teacher, or manager of any kind should read this book! As a high school teacher I will start my classes this fall by telling Victor's story! I will show his book and tell my students they can reach their goals! Persistence, goals, and hard work is what it takes! This book will change the way you look at life!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading This Inspirational Story July 25, 2012
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Victor Cruz has fought the odds to become the NY Giants star wide reciever. This book seems to cement what I thought about Cruz. He seems to be a down to earth and driven guy who is determined to succeed regardless of what obstacles are in his way. You find yourself rooting for Cruz at various points throughout the story. The book is well written and a really quick read and I recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!! October 7, 2012
By E101
I love the New York Giants. My favorite Giants player is Victor Cruz without a doubt. However setting that aside..... This book is amazing as it is inspiring,interesting,well written, and never boring. It really shows you what it was like to be him growing everything from his Grandpa to his first love(which was not football). His mistakes along the way and everything in between. Even if you some how(though i think it is impossible) hate the Giants you can love this book. I do not think i can stress anough how good this book is. Do your self a favor and buy the book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book November 10, 2012
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I read this book along with my 12-year-old son, who is a huge Giants fan. The story gave great insight into Victor's personal life, and also his achievements on the field (and in other sports). He is a truly gifted athlete, as well as a very humble individual. He seems to be a true family man. The book is very inspirational, and tells a story of perseverance and taking the "better" path in life when choices seem few and far between.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Rags To Riches August 26, 2012
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I fell in love with Victor the minute he donned a Giants uniform.
Now, I am just crazy about the guy.
This is a story that is meant to be a movie. The adversity and the roller coaster rides this man has dealt with all his relatively short life would send a lesser person into a tailspin. Victor, somehow beat the odds and has emerged the VICtor.
Pun intended.
Read this if you are a Giants fan, read it if you love football, read it if you love inspirational stories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read January 4, 2013
By Vinny C
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"Out of the blue" was a great book! I loved reading about Victor Cruz and how he accomplished the things he got to where he is today! He's one of my favorite giants, I just got his jersey an I love it! Keep up the good work and never give up!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Giants! November 20, 2012
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Good book not great, initially the book was great and very inspirational the last quarter of the book mainly focused on the Giants run to the Superbowl which I already knew everything on that. Giants fans or football players will appreciate this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! Great book by a great man!
Great book Vic! Absolutely amazing! Thank you!
Published 1 month ago by Edison
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
I am a HUGEEE Victor Cruz Fan. Great book.
Published 1 month ago by samuel lozado
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
I'm not a Victor Cruz or Giants fan but I enjoyed this book. I bought a biography by another athlete and this one came as a recommendation after the order was completed and because... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Emir
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story of a child who breaks out of tough ...
Great story of a child who breaks out of tough times and succeeds. I can only hope he can recover from the next set of hurdles (injuries).
Published 4 months ago by Gary Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Cruuuuuz !
I loved his story about his family and his relationship with his father. This was a good read.
Published 8 months ago by Derek Overton
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased
Again, this was another book for my Dad and we both use to watch Victor when he played at UMASS.
Published 9 months ago by Fred L. Barschdorf
5.0 out of 5 stars Out Of The Blue
That is the best book ever! I loved reading about the awesome Victor Cruz. I learned so much about him and his family.Go GIANTS!
Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Motivational Football Story
One of the more popular guests at the schools where I teach have been athletes. They inspire students to work hard and stay in school. Read more
Published 11 months ago by NebraskaIcebergs
5.0 out of 5 stars Victor the Great
What a story. An undcrafted free agent to superbowl champion. Victor Cruz is one of the best WR in the NFL. He has Eli Manning as his QB. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Burke Lyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the blur
It was great to read about the true Victor Cruz. I would highly recommend for any football fan! It was awesome!
Published 13 months ago by Missy Morgan
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