Reality show for Giants WR Cruz in the works

Published On June 3, 2013 | By Sarah Kirkpatrick

You already see New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz salsa dancing on SportsCenter after his highlight-reel touchdown catches. But soon, you might see him on a different channel.

The University of Massachusetts grad is apparently in the works to get a reality show, according to the New York Daily News.

“It is going to be something that is very unique to me and very unique to what I like, and like to do,” he said. “We are still fielding some requests, so we will see how it goes — the timing has to be right, and I have got to squeeze in some training in there before the season starts.”

However, Cruz says football and bringing another Super Bowl to the fans of New York, is still his number one priority.

“We understand the Super Bowl is in New York City, and that is motivation for us … we have got to be ready to go,” he said.

Don’t worry, Cruz won’t suffer the same fate as Brooklyn Nets big man Kris Humphries, whose 72-day marriage to reality star Kim Kardashian was painfully documented on E!’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Cruz says he’s well aware of Humphries’ presence on the show and wants the show to be focused around him.

“I definitely want it to be my show,” he said. “My own thing, something that I can contribute to and something I like to do, I can be comfortable with, and an easy show, something people like to watch and that people can be in tune with on a daily basis.”

Perhaps he’ll fare better than other athletes who have reality shows. While Humphries, LA Clippers forward Lamar Odom and Olympian Bruce Jenner receive fairly high ratings from The Kardashians — the episode “The Wedding,” featuring the marriage between Khloe Kardashian and Odom had 3.2 million viewers alone — other athletes haven’t had quite the same success.

Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte’s new show on E!, What Would Ryan Lochte Do?, is laughable — and not in a good way. It’s not clear what’s more heinous, his American flag grill from the London Olympics, or his show, in which he introduced himself by saying “Being Ryan Lochte is … fun” and later explained that he came up with his trademark “Jeah!” by combining “yeah!” with only a J.

Solid material right there.

Unfortunately for Ryan, twice as many people watched a re-run of The Real Housewives of Atlanta than Lochte’s show on the night his show premiered. Ouch.

Other athletes, including Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco and Shaquille O’Neal haven’t been able to form a particularly successful reality show, either. Maybe Cruz will be able to break this trend with his potential show. Or maybe he should just stick to touchdowns. New York fans would probably like that much more.

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Sarah is a Seattle native studying journalism at Boston University. She covers track and field, cross country and women’s hockey and is Sports Editor at The Daily Free Press, BU’s independent student newspaper. You can follow her on Twitter at @Kirkpatrick_SJ.