Giants star wide receiver Victor Cruz was impressed and taken aback by the fact that 6-year-old Newtown, Conn., shooting victim Jack Pinto was a huge fan of his, and Cruz was the young mans favorite player.
Cruz dedicated Sundays game against the Falcons to Pinto, and even wrote Pinto’s name on his cleats.
“Jack Pinto” and “My Hero” were among the loving messages Cruz wrote on his cleats and gloves before the game, which the Giants went on to lose 34-0.
The New York Post is reporting that Cruz did one bigger today when he traveled to Connecticut to visit with the Pinto family.
The day after Pinto was buried in his Cruz #80 jersey, Cruz reportedly spent more than 3 hours with the family at their Sandy Hook home, visiting with family, friends and neighbors of Jack Pinto.
After the meeting Cruz tweeted out “Much love to the entire Pinto family. Great people with huge hearts,” Cruz tweeted shortly after leaving the home. “Looking at life through a different lens.”
During the visit dozens of neighborhood kids were seen playing in the Pinto yard, wearing Giants blue, playing football and afterwards left with a ton of Giants memorabilia.
Only one guest preferred to speak about the visit.
“It was a successfully private moment, and I’d prefer to keep it that way,” he said.
Cruz left quietly and with as much class as he arrived.