Victor Cruz
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You wouldn’t know it from just watching his red, white, and blue uniform zip across the AstroTurf during Sunday Night Football, but New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz calls himself a “big fashion geek.” “I talk about fashion all the time,” the Super Bowl-winning athlete told InStyle.com at last night’s ACE Awards in New York, which honored the industry’s leading accessory designers. “A lot of guys [in the locker room] say ‘Shut up about this fashion stuff.’ But I love looking good, I love feeling good in my clothes. So fashion is a big deal to me.” And his fashion cred is building as quickly as his number of pass completions—he’s pals with Calvin Klein menswear creative director Italo Zucchelli (who dressed him for the event, shown) and he sits front row during New York Fashion Week. That said, he’s quick to point out that fashion and football aren’t so different, after all. “As football players, if we look good while we’re out there, we tend to play better and feel better about ourselves when we’re on the field,” he said. “The same goes with fashion, if you look good you have more of a sense of confidence in your step and you feel good when you’re out and about. It goes hand in hand.” So, which does he prefer—Calvin Klein suits or New York Giants spandex? “It feels good every time I put on a suit on,” he said, as he touched his silk lapel. “But [spandex], that’s where the money is. If I have to put on spandex and catch a few footballs to be noticed and turn some heads a little bit, I don’t mind.”

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