I am so excited to announced that Dirty Jerz-native/New York Giant baller Victor Cruz made Refinery 29 second annual ‘30 Under 30‘ list. In his exclusive interview, Cruz talked to journalists Annie Georgia Greenberg and Carlye Wisel about his current life & career, working on his clothing line, the best professional lesson he ever learned, being Jaden Smith for a day and much more. For his shoot, Cruz styled in two different ensembles. In the photo above, he looked all dapper in a Calvin Klein pink suit jacket, Calvin Klein pink suit trousers, and a
$205 now $143 Patrik Ervell Button down shirt. You can get this shirt at Farfetch. In the pic below, he wore a white $288 now $255 A.P.C. sweater, white pants by Isaia and white $545 Balenciaga Arena sneakers. You can also get the sweater at Farfecth and the sneakers at Barneys. Below are some highlights:
What are you doing with your life and career right now?
“I’m just taking it one day at a time and trying to build something that can live as long as a lifetime as far as my brand and my family are concerned. I just want to take my career one year at a time. You only get a certain window to be a professional athlete, so I want to take it one game at a time. Working on my clothing line, I just wanted to have clothes for my friends and family, but it’s grown. People love the brand, and by the time the season ends, it will be something much bigger.”
What’s the best professional lesson you ever learned?
“It’s ‘always be prepared for anything’ no matter what it is. In this league, in this life, you always have to be in good health; you always need to be prepared when your name is called. Michael Strahan taught me that. At the time, I was a nobody — I was a rookie — I hadn’t proven anything. And for him to recognize me and see my potential, it really stuck with me, and I carry it around every single day.”
If you could switch lives with anyone under 30, who would it be?
“It’s funny, I wanted to be an actor. I wouldn’t mind being Jaden Smith for a day. He just looks like he’s always having fun, living his life, being with his dad, doing movies. He would be a good person to be.”
When you were a kid, what did you think you’d be doing at this age?
“When I was a kid, I always dreamed of being an athlete, but I thought I’d be a teacher in my community that I grew up in, advising kids to go to college, what it takes to go to college, what it takes to be an athlete and a student, too. I wanted to give kids guidelines on how to get there and what to do, time management, etc.”
Full interview available at Refinery 29.
Photos Credit: Kava Gorna | Shirt via Farfetch |
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