In a Child's Eyes, NFL Player a Hero

In a Child's Eyes, NFL Player a Hero

We're adults here, most of us, and that means we look at professional athletes with a cynical, slightly jealous eye. But just like with Christmas and cartoons, if we view athletes through the eyes of a child, our whole perspective changes.

On Sunday afternoon, Giants receiver Victor Cruz paid tribute to Jack Pinto, one of the students killed in Friday's Sandy Hook tragedy, by writing Jack's name on his shoes. He did so because Jack Pinto loved him above all other players, loved him so much that he may well be buried in a Cruz jersey.

After the game, Cruz stood and spoke before a semicircle of cameras and microphones four and five deep, and tried to make sense of the fact that he was one of the most important people in the life of someone who died decades too soon ... so much so that Pinto would watch Giants games wearing his Victor Cruz jersey.

"It's humbling," he said. "I was honored to know I was his favorite player. It's just unreal what happened."

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