Victor Cruz’s grandma, Lucy Molina, passed away at the age of 77 last Monday. Cruz was close to his abuela, and according to the New York Post, he bid her a tearful bedside goodbye before she passed from a combination of health issues, including diabetes.
Molina was the one who taught him his now-famous salsa dance, which has become perhaps the best touchdown celebration in the NFL. So on Sunday, Victor honored his late grandma in the best way he could: by first hauling in a game-tying fourth quarter bomb from Eli Manning, and then doing a salsa that would make grandma proud.
First, Cruz thought he better do his patented salsa celebration — which his grandmother took so much pride in — with good form to make her proud. Then, Cruz blew a kiss and pointed his arms to the air and it felt as if nobody else was in MetLife Stadium at that moment but him and his abuela.
“Once I got to the 3 [yard line], I knew it was time to honor her and I knew she was with me,” Cruz said. “And it was almost like the place kind of went silent and I was just there dancing with her. It was a good moment.”
Video of the catch (and, more importantly, the salsa) here: