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It was a day Jack got to see his favorite team win a championship.

“It was just an emotional time,” Cruz said. “I spent a little bit of time with them. We got to smile a little bit, which was good for them. It was a time where I just wanted to be a positive voice, a positive light in the tunnel where it can really be negative, so it was a good time. They are a great family and they’re really united at this time and it was good to see.”

Cruz said it was strange thinking about a child being buried in his jersey. He did not know how to react. Should he thank the family?

“It leaves you kind of blank,” Cruz said. “I am definitely honored by it. I am definitely humbled by it, and it’s definitely an unfortunate but humbling experience for me.”

The visit also gave Cruz time to reflect, especially looking at his daughter.

“Ever since it happened I’ve kind of been spending more time with her, just cherishing the little moments, the little time you get with her because you never know when that can be taken from you,” he said.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he was incredibly proud of Cruz for visiting with the Pinto family.

“Hopefully some of their grief might at least temporarily be suspended in being able to embrace Victor Cruz,” Coughlin said, adding what he did speaking volumes of what he has inside.

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice said what Cruz did took heart.

“You’ve got to be able to put yourself in that family’s situation to understand at least what they’re going through,” Rice said in a conference call with the New York media about Sunday’s game against the Giants. “That’s what it’s about. That’s something that you don’t just say, `I’m going to do it.’ You do it from the heart, from within and what he did was amazing.”

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