New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz wasn’t on the field for either of the New York Giants’ matchups with the Dallas Cowboys in 2014--both Cowboys wins, we might add--but that hasn’t dulled his sense of the rivalry at all.
A week before the teams’ first meeting of the 2014 season, a Week 7 tilt at AT&T Stadium that the Cowboys would win31-21, Cruz suffered a torn patellar tendon in a 27-0 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The injury ended his season on the spot and set him up for an offseason of grueling rehab, which he discussed in a recent interview with Complex Magazine.
“It definitely is one of the most difficult things I've had to go through in my life,” Cruz said of his rehab work. “Still currently going through it. It's not easy to come back from something like this and to work every day. I guess I'm in the parts right now when it's more [physical]. Physically getting it stronger, getting the muscle back. Literally when you have surgery on your knee, the muscles atrophy and just go [away]. Your muscles just go [away].
“So physically is definitely the hardest part right now. I think the mental aspect was early and then it'll be late. ‘Early’ meaning when it first happened, thinking you probably won't be able to even run again; and ‘late’ when you are able to run and jump and mentally being able to connect to your knee, saying that you can do all these things and not being afraid to do it. I think that's both sides of it.”
Later in the interview, when Cruz did a word-association exercise, he responded to “Cowboys” with “Enemies.” Fair enough. But apparently Cruz dislikes Philadelphia even more than Dallas. He responded to “Eagles” with “Bigger enemies” and, for the sake of covering all his bases, responded to “Redskins” with “Respectable enemies” for some reason.