New York Giants Player Victor Cruz Pays Tribute To 6-Year Old Connecticut Shooting Victim Jack Pinto By Honoring Him During Game [Video/Pics]

Jack Pinto


New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz played Sundays game against the Atlanta Falcons with a heavy heart. Cruz found out shortly after the shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday that one of the victims, 6-year old Jack Pinto, idolized him.


According to the New York Daily News, Cruz became aware of Jack Pinto after his Twitter feed started to blow up with talk that the 6-year-old had been one of his biggest fans. He instructed his fiancée/publicist, Elaina Watley, to find the family. It took her 20 minutes. She asked the family members if they wanted to talk to Cruz. They did.

I was in the hotel (in Atlanta) and as I was talking to them I was fighting back tears. You could hear everybody in the background crying as well. It was tough to listen to,” Cruz said.

Cruz also talked to Pinto's 11-year old brother.

He could barely speak to me. I was just talking to him, telling him to stay strong, to stay positive and I’m going to help the family any way I can,’’ Cruz said.

Pinto was such a fan of the Giants player his family is considering burying him in Cruz's No. 80 jersey


"I told them I was honored," Cruz told ESPN. "I couldn't even express to them how great that made me feel, and how big of an honor that is. … No words describe the type of feeling you get when a kid idolizes you so much that they want to, you know, unfortunately, like put him in the casket with your jersey on."

Cruz honored Pinto during Sunday's game by writing his name on his shoes and gloves.

“Jack Pinto, My Hero” was written on one of his cleats and “R.I.P Jack Pinto” on the other. On the back of his gloves, Cruz wrote “Jack Pinto This one is 4 U.!”

The Giants may have lost Sunday's game, but Cruz showed that athletes can be heroes off the field too.

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Comment by CRISIS on December 18, 2012 at 4:13am
Comment by SPIN GANG on December 18, 2012 at 3:14am
make me want to bring that fool shooter back alive just to torcher him for a 100 years for the 100 rounds he shot into them kids. 3 - 11 bullet holes in a 6-7 year old with a bushmaster is like stomping on a ant with a shoe. I would have hated being the first one to enter that classroom. smh
Comment by Rome on December 18, 2012 at 1:59am
rip jack
Comment by L.A.B--The Young MoguL on December 17, 2012 at 9:00pm
that 6 year old was shot 11 times ...beyond horrible *TEARS*
Comment by murk880 on December 17, 2012 at 4:52pm
Victor Cruz big shot out to you for that - humility goes a long way!!! Cowboys!!!
Comment by Shone on December 17, 2012 at 4:29pm
Comment by Shone on December 17, 2012 at 4:29pm
Big ups to crux for that!
Comment by The handsome Hustla on December 17, 2012 at 4:18pm
I hate the giants but you got to respect the man for doing this
Comment by The handsome Hustla on December 17, 2012 at 4:18pm
I hate the giants but you got to respect the man for doing this
Comment by mike on December 17, 2012 at 3:38pm
I wish giants woulda won the game after hearing this

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