Last month I reviewed Victor Cruz' new book, Out of the Blue, and many of you commented that you had to have a copy. Well, if you haven't bought one yet, Big Blue View and The Penguin Group are giving you a chance to win a copy of the book. In fact, we're giving away FIVE copies.
Simply send in your best caption for this photo of Cruz to Ed Valentine at firstname.lastname@example.org and the five winners will be selected by a panel of judges. Deadline for entry is Sept. 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Please use the subject line 'Cruz Book Contest' in your e-mail.
Here is an excerpt from the book's press release:
Victor Cruz had a dream season for the New York Giants in 2011. The team's breakout star, he broke the franchise record for receiving yards and helped the Giants become Super Bowl champions, and his salsa dance became the most recognizable touchdown celebration in the league. But Victor's success didn't come without a struggle, and his life story isn't all salsa dances and Super Bowl rings. It's about overcoming the impossible. He met his dad for the first time when he was seven years old, many of his best friends from childhood either went to prison or were killed on the streets of Paterson. His best friend was killed in a fatal car crash when he was seventeen, his father committed suicide when he was twenty, and his grandfather died of prostate cancer six months later. That's more personal adversity than most people face in their lives- and Victor braved it all before his 21st birthday.
In OUT OF THE BLUE (Celebra Hardcover; July 17, 2012), Cruz opens up about: his childhood; his close relationships with his mother and his grandparents; meeting his girlfriend Elaina; his difficulties in college and why he got kicked out twice; his continued disappointment as he was ignored through the 2010 NFL draft; getting his chance to try out for the Giants; the season that made him a superstar; and becoming a father. Cruz also reveals personal details about his family, including his father's role in his life and eventual suicide.
If you are a die-hard Giants' fan, you will want to re-live their magical 2011 season through the eyes of Cruz, while learning more about how Cruz overcame a crazy amount of adversity to make it to and star in the NFL. So enter the contest and we will announce the winners around September 20. Good luck!