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Victor Cruz pays tribute to Sandy Hook shooting victim

Victor Cruz was the favorite player of Jack Pinto, a Sandy Hook victim. (Kathy Willens / Associated Press)

For New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings were extremely personal.

Jack Pinto, a 6-year-old who died at the school Friday, was a big Cruz fan, so big that his family members told ESPN they were considering burying the boy in a No. 80 Cruz jersey. The family had reached out to Cruz, who called to offer his condolences and tweeted:

The Giants will wear “S.H.E.S.” helmet decals, but Cruz will personalize his tribute, writing Jack’s name on his gloves and shoes. He wrote “Jack Pinto, My Hero” 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.!”


Tom Coughlin told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that the team observed a moment of silence for the victims Saturday night.

“My only thought there was as a New York Giant family, we should all rise and have a moment of silence recognizing the families of these children, the families of the principal, the people at the school that were killed, just to recognize the fact that our hearts are so saddened by this event,” Coughlin said. “The senseless killing — it’s very difficult to get past the senseless killing of children.”


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Related: Giants, Patriots, Jets honor Sandy Hook victims

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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