Victor Cruz Shares Why Super Bowl LV Will Be The ‘Start Of Some New Traditions’

Victor Cruz Shares Why Super Bowl LV Will Be The ‘Start Of Some New Traditions’







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With COVID-19 restrictions in place, Super Bowl LV will be ‘different,’ but NFL champ Victor Cruz thinks it’ll still be fun, and he tells HL EXCLUSIVELY how he’s preparing for the big game.

“Some of my favorite memories are those interactions with the fans before the game or when you celebrate a touchdown in the back of the endzone with the crowd pumping you up,” Victor Cruz —  the ex-New York Giants star, Super Bowl champ, and NFL icon – tells HollywoodLife when talking about the upcoming Super Bowl LV. Due to the ongoing pandemic, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will battle Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in a mostly empty Raymond James Stadium. Despite there’ll only be 22,000 fans at the Super Bowl – out of a possible 65,000 – Victor’s confident that “having a few thousand fans…will bring some of that energy back into the game.”

However, don’t expect Victor to be one of the few thousand to watch it in-person. The former wide receiver – who, FYI, was part of the Giants squad that beat Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI – tells HollywoodLife that he plans to “keep it small with my family.” Helping him out – and helping you out with your Super Bowl LV party – is Stella Stadium Bites by Blue Apron. Stella Artois has teamed with the popular food-kit delivery service to curate an easy-to-make, absolutely delicious menu for the ultimate Super Bowl spread.

This includes Smoked Gouda & Chicken Flatbread with Pancetta & Hot Honey, Seared Flank Steak Lettuce Cups with Pickled Peppers and Garlic Dressing, Creamy Pesto & Spinach Dip with Toasted Pita Chips, and Pork Chorizo Quesadillas with Cilantro Sour Cream (Growing up in a Puerto Rican household, game day snacks were some traditional food bites like tostadas, so I definitely try to continue that tradition on my Sundays,” Victor tells HL.) In addition, the box comes with a set of four special Stella Artois chalices, a gift with purchase. Fans have until Jan. 29 to purchase to ensure the boxes will be delivered in time for the game.

Victor Cruz and Eli Manning want you to have the best Super Bowl LV ever.

Victor spoke EXCLUSIVELY with HollywoodLife with the partnership, what he would make if there were a signature “Victor Cruz” cocktail, if he thinks Drew Brees’ “next move” will be, and more!

HollywoodLife: You’ve partnered with Stella Stadium Bites by Blue Apron for the upcoming Super Bowl. The recent troubles of 2020 saw many people rediscover the art of cooking. Did you spend a lot of time in the kitchen over these past months? 

Victor Cruz: Staying home this year gave me the time to invest in hobbies that I never had when I was playing, especially in the kitchen. Now that I’ve been able to try out new recipes and flex my culinary skills, I’m so excited to put them to the test with all the delicious recipes from the Stella Stadium Bites box.

Fans can purchase Stella Stadium Bites through Blue Apron starting now through January 29, while supplies last, so get yours now to receive in time for Super Bowl LV!

The Stella Bites by Blue Apron offers a bevy of treats, from Chorizo Quesadillas to Seared Flank State Lettuce cups. Do you have a signature game day snack or meal? Not to brag, but I make a fierce seven-layer dip.  And do you have any Super Bowl game day traditions? 

Well, you might need to share that recipe because that sounds delicious. Growing up in a Puerto Rican household, game day snacks were some traditional food bites like tostadas, so I definitely try to continue that tradition on my Sundays. Watching football at home requires two things: food and beer. So nothing is better than sitting back with a cold Stella and a spread of food. This Super Bowl might be different, but it could be the start of some new traditions.

The bites in the Stella Bites by Blue Apron have been designed to pair with Stella Artois. Do you remember the first time you had a Stella? Or, a memorable moment involving the beverage? 

Stella Artois and Blue Apron did an amazing job creating recipes that go perfectly with a Stella. I could always count on Stella to be my go-to beer of choice after a long game or celebratory beverage!

Beer, like Stella Artois, will be the go-to drink for many during the big game, but some will treat themselves to a cocktail or two. If there was a signature Victor Cruz cocktail, what would it entail?  

I like to keep things simple. An ice-cold beer is always the way to go. If I had to choose, the signature Victor Cruz cocktail would be a mix of orange juice and cranberry with a splash of vodka or rum.

Super Bowl LV will be the culmination of the most unusual football season in recent history. Many empty arena games – and Raymond James Stadium will only allow in 22,000 fans to watch on Feb. 7. Do you have any special SB viewing plans?

Some of my favorite memories are those interactions with the fans before the game or when you celebrate a touchdown in the back of the endzone with the crowd pumping you up. Many teams didn’t get to show out in front of their home fans, which totally changes the environment. But for all games, having even a few thousand fans at the Super Bowl will bring some of that energy back into the game. This year I’m keeping it small with my family. We are going to hang out, watch the game and enjoy some delicious Stella Stadium Bites.

After the Saints lost to the Bucs, there’s a lot of talk about Drew Brees possibly hanging up his jersey. As someone who’s been enjoying retirement – but still involved in the game – do you have any advice for Drew? Do you think he should give it one more season?  

Drew is a great guy and a great competitor, but only he knows the answer to that. So I know whatever his next move is will be the best decision for him. I loved my time in the league, and retirement has brought so many great opportunities as well.

Victor Cruz attends the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in New York (AP)

No matter who wins Super Bowl LV, there’s going to be (at least) one player who will be walking out of Tampa with their first-ever championship ring? With it being almost ten years since you won Super Bowl XLVI, do you have any words of wisdom for that player who’s about to feel what you felt in 2012? 

The feeling of winning the Super Bowl was unreal and something I’ll never forget. I’d say try to enjoy every second with your teammates and family, but don’t forget to celebrate. You bust it every day on the field at practice and in the games, so don’t forget to live in the moment. I mean, you are a Super Bowl champion!

Click here for info/how to order the Stella Stadium Bites by Blue Apron.


Super Bowl


Victor Cruz

Lil Tjay – F.N Lyrics

Play this song

[Intro]
(Fuck niggas, I don’t trust niggas
If  you bust triggers and you tell, you a fuck nigga)
If  you tell, you a fuck nigga
(How you tell on the gang? If you mention my name
Boy, I promise I’ma kill you, finna dunk, nigga
What’s  up with you? I grew up with you
Used  to fuck with you, now I’m wishing that a bus hit you
I used to fuck with you, now I’m wishing that a bus hit you)
Yeah 
(Fuck niggas, I don’t trust niggas
If you bust triggers and you tell, you a fuck nigga)
Fuck nigga
Yeah,  yeah
(Used to fuck with you, now I’m wishing that a bus hit you)
Yeah, yeah, yeah (Skrrt, skrrt, yeah)

[Refrain]
Grrr, pow, I’ma skip town, see my wrist drown
Everybody wanna fuck with me for benefits now
Man, I wish my nigga Smelly could’ve seen me lit now
Sit down, maybe roll up, blow a spliff down
Time go by, niggas change so much
Why the fuck these niggas looking at my chain so much?
They just mad ’cause I departed from the game so much
One false move and the gang gon’ bust

[Verse 1]
Cartier glasses, 20/20, got a clear view
You a man, I don’t fear you
Act up, we gon’ mask up, boy, I dare you
Brody catch a body, I’ma leave you in the rearview
Could have did it to me, lil’ nigga, you were scared to
You a bluff and you not who you appear to
You’d be starstruck if you see a nigga near you
And your bitch wanna fuck, I don’t care to
Careful, if I say links, plan’s cancelled
I can have your shorty in my bed doing dance moves
Fuck that, let’s get right back to the real shit
In the field shit, niggas really used to drill shit
Mama stressed out, whole lot she gotta deal with
Swear every real nigga gon’ feel this
Smokin ‘on drugs ’cause there’s too much to deal with
SB strapped up in the field with it

[Chorus]
Fuck niggas, I don’t trust niggas
If you bust triggers and you tell, you a fuck nigga
How you tell on the gang? If you mention my name
Boy, I promise I’ma kill you, better duck, nigga
What’s up with you? I grew up with you
Used to fuck with you, now I’m wishing that a bus hit you
I used to fuck with you, now I’m wishing that a bus hit you
Fuck niggas, I don’t trust niggas
If you bust triggers and you tell, you a fuck nigga
How you tell on the gang? If you mention my name
Boy, I promise I’ma kill you, better duck, nigga
What’s up with you? I grew up with you
Used to fuck with you, now I’m wishing that a bus hit you
I used to fuck with you, now I’m wishing that a bus hit you

[Verse 2]
My mama know about the pain that I never tamed
But looking back for the fame, I feel the same
I was stuck up in the streets, but I had a brain
I ain’t have no money, we was looking for a nigga chain
And shit, all I ever wanted was to have a name
Had a lot of shit to lose, not enough to gain
And that fuck nigga changed, went against the grain
Found out my homie went fed, almost went insane
Strictly business, you ain’t with it, you get parked, nigga
I don’t know you, you wasn’t with me from the start, nigga
I remember catching stains in the park, nigga
Me and Bubba tryna catch an opp after dark, nigga
My mama told me, “Wisen up, be a smart nigga”
So all my niggas on go like a kart, nigga
Smelly drive mean a bullet to your heart, nigga
I don’t really wanna speak facts, see the chart, nigga

[Refrain]
Grrr, pow, I’ma skip town, see my wrist drown
Everybody wanna fuck with me for benefits now
Man, I wish my nigga Smelly could’ve seen me lit now
Sit down, maybe roll up, blow a spliff down
Time go by, niggas change so much
Why the fuck these niggas looking at my chain so much?
They just mad ’cause I departed from the game so much
One false move and the gang gon’ bust

[Chorus]
Fuck niggas, I don’t trust niggas
If you bust triggers and you tell, you a fuck nigga
How you tell on the gang? If you mention my name
Boy, I promise I’ma kill you, better duck, nigga
What’s up with you? I grew up with you
Used to fuck with you, now I’m wishing that a bus hit you
I used to fuck with you, now I’m wishing that a bus hit you
Fuck niggas, I don’t trust niggas
If you bust triggers and you tell, you a fuck nigga
How you tell on the gang? If you mention my name
Boy, I promise I’ma kill you, better duck, nigga
What’s up with you? I grew up with you
Used to fuck with you, now I’m wishing that a bus hit you
I used to fuck with you, and now I’m wishing that a bus hit you

[Outro]
Blood today
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh

Maury Povich Thinks Nicki Minaj and Safaree Belong Together

Nicki Minaj and Safaree Samuels belong with each other, according to Maury Povich.

Since their breakup in 2014 over, both Nicki Minaj and Safaree have dated other people but one thing they both have in common now and that is, they are both single. SB has dated a bunch of females since joining Love and Hip Hop and not of those relationships worked out. He even suffered some embarrassment at the hands of a few of the ladies including Sophia Body who put him on blast during an interview and Star Divine who gave away all his stuff that was at her home after accusing him of cheating.

Nicki Minaj, on the other hand, has dated Meek Mill and Nas although she never really confirmed the later. Her relationship with Meek ended bitterly a year ago, while her split with Nas took place over the holidays. Maury says he knows a good love story when he sees one and the two former flames should give it a try again. “Uncle Maury knows a little something about love [Safaree Samuels] and [Nicki Minaj] why not try it again?” Maury tweeted on Monday.

Whether or not these two will ever get back together is a very long shot given the hatred that has developed between them over the past three years. SB even said in a past interview with Wendy Williams that he will never get back together with the Young Money rapper whom he dated for over a decade. That’s a lot of history so even with the bad blood between them now, you just never know what may happen.

Safaree himself regularly keep track of the happenings with Nicki Minaj only and last week he commented on a story about her split with Nas. “Yup, we’ve both been having bad luck in this department… Sigh Rastafari… Ain’t no hope in these streets,” he wrote.

Uncle Maury knows a little something about love…@IAMSAFAREE and @NICKIMINAJ why not try it again?

— The Maury Show (@TheMAURYShow) January 8, 2018

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2 Chainz – I Luv Dem Strippers lyrics

Let’s play big bank take little bank
You are looking at a shark in a fish tank
When I’m in the kitchen, I make plenty cash
Tell shawty come here, she got plenty ass

Yeah, I luv dem strippers
Yeah, I luv dem strippers
Yeah, I luv dem strippers
Yeah, I luv dem strippers
In my foreign car, got the trunk by the engine
So when I back back, I’m fronting on you niggas

First I back back, Louie backpack
Where’s Paris Hilton? Where’s Kat Stacks?
I’m Rambo with this ammunition, my camo come from Tru Religion
Them broke hoes can’t pay attention, your cutie missing, New Edition
Mr. Telephone man, there’s something wrong with my line
When I call my baby’s number, I get a click every time
Every line is dope, you can snort it
Working in the pot, I can make you do aerobics
I’m haterphobic, they mad cause I’m winning
They busy high and catching, mad cause I’m pinching
All my bitches different, all my diamonds glistening
My weed so loud, everybody listen
They say it’s for the birds, so I bought a kilo
My Boost Mobile chirping, it must be my amigo

Yeah, I luv dem strippers
Yeah, I luv dem strippers
Yeah, I luv dem strippers
Yeah, I luv dem strippers
In my foreign car, got the trunk by the engine
So when I back back, I’m fronting on you niggas

2 Chainz, you f*cking crazy, motherf*ckers know I’m f*cking crazy
Fuck wrong with these bitches lately?
Bitches better get on they knees and praise me
Bitch, I rep that rich gang. Where’s Stunna? Where’s Wayne?
That’s red on my wristband, SB, Mack Maine
Tell Tyga, lookin’ for this bitch called Blac Chyna
Take a nigga bitch in a hot flash, menopause hot flash
Yes that’s why I’m crowned queen, and I ain’t lookin’ for the prom king
These hoes’ careers ain’t promising, killing these bitches – crime scene
Oh, that’s how a bitch do it
Fifty black trucks gonna follow when I pull up
This sh*t hit you in the chin like a pull up
My door so cocky, my door so stuck up
Oh, hop up out the space car
Bitches stay pressed, I call them a space bar
Man I wish a bitch would, hundred-thousand dollar engine,
I wish a bitch could

Yeah, I luv dem strippers
Yeah, I luv dem strippers
Yeah, I luv dem strippers
Yeah, I luv dem strippers
In my foreign car, got the trunk by the engine
So when I back back, I’m fronting on you niggas

Wait I don’t even think these niggas understood what the f*ck I just said
I said, hundred-thousand dollar engine
I wish a bitch could, like the little engine that could
2 Chainz!