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Victor Cruz Talks Grooming

We chatted with the New York Giants wide receiver about shaving, haircuts, and who will win Super Bowl XLVIII.

MF: Isn’t it important for a guy to have a good relationship with his barber?

VC: Absolutely. It’s the first thing people see–how groomed you are, how you present yourself from the top down. It starts with the hair, which has to be trimmed the right way. So that relationship with your barber is essential. If it's good, he’s going to enjoy cutting your hair, he’s going to enjoy talking to you during the cut. And if he doesn’t like you, it's not going to be as much fun, and he’s going try to get you out the door faster.

MF: Being part of the NFL requires a lot of travel. Is there a favorite grooming product or tool you take with you on the road?

VC: My toothbrush. My biggest pet peeve is when I travel to the hotel, get to my room, open up my bag, and realize I forgot my toothbrush. Then I have to use the hotel toothbrush, and it's not the same. So that’s the biggest thing for me. I feel like I can’t even act the same if my teeth aren’t brushed or if I didn't brush them properly.

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MF: Who would you consider the best-dressed guys in the NFL?

VC: It would have to be a tie between me and Larry Fitzgerald, who's always dressed to a T. He's always dressed in style and he sticks to what he's comfortable in. There are definitely more guys, but I've got to stick with my receivers.

MF: Which games are you most excited about this season?

VC: I’m obviously excited about our home opener, as well as our season opener with Dallas on Sunday Night Football. And then in Week 2 we’re at home against Denver, with the Mannings going against each other. I’ve  witnessed that only once before in my rookie career, when Peyton was with the Colts, so I’m excited to play a more intricate role this year.

MF: Who’s going to win the Super Bowl?

VC: Obviously, when you play for a team that just won a few years ago, you always feel like it’s you. I think the Giants will be in the Super Bowl if we play the right way.

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