The Giants had just come off the practice field last Friday when they started to learn the magnitude of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Yes, they are football players, the modern day version of gladiators who mask pain and emotion in the spirit of competition. But they are also husbands, fathers and brothers.
It wasn’t long before wide receiver Victor Cruz felt a personal connection to one of the victims, 6-year-old Jack Pinto, a Giants fan, whose favorite player was Cruz. “It was through Twitter,” Cruz said yesterday. “People on Twitter were sending me tweets about how much he was a fan.”