Giants’ Victor Cruz returns to Paterson to watch his godfather coach Montclair Immaculate
Victor Cruz was back in his hometown of Paterson when Montclair Immaculate, No. 17 in the NJ.com Top 20, took on No. 15 Gill St. Bernard’s in the Jingle Bell Jubilee at Paterson Arts and Science Charter School on Tuesday.
The Giants’ wide receiver was there to support Montclair Immaculate coach Jimmy Salmon, who is Cruz’s godfather.
“I’m always giving back,” Cruz said. “I always want to be involved in Paterson. I know how everything is in Paterson. I’m checking out some basketball and my godfather coaches (Montclair Immaculate).”
Tuesday was Cruz’s first time seeing Montclair Immaculate this season, but he has seen Salmon in action before.
“I came last year, but this is my first time this year,” Cruz said.
Cruz felt a bit of nostalgia when he walked the halls of Paterson Arts and Science Charter School. The school was previously Paterson Catholic, which is where Cruz attended high school. He earned All-State honors as a senior in 2003 after leading his team to a 11-0 season and a NJSIAA Non-Public Group 1 championship.
“Being back at my former high school is always a good feeling,” he said.