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A Former NFL Star Has Been Hired By ESPN

A picture of the New York Giants helmet on the field.

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 08: The helmet of Antrel Rolle #26 of the New York Giants is seen prior to the start of the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 8, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz officially retired from football today, but it looks like football fans will still get to see him on their television screens for years to come. Cruz has officially signed with ESPN to become an analyst for the network.

Cruz will be contributing to a number of shows on the network. The company made the announcement Tuesday, and Wednesday is actually his first day.

Cruz last played an NFL down with the New York Giants in the 2016 season. He signed with the Chicago Bears ahead of the 2017 campaign but was cut before the season started.

Now, it looks like he's ready to move on and start a new career. Via ESPN:

A seven-year NFL veteran and a 2012 Pro Bowl selection, Cruz will contribute to NFL Live, Get Up!, SportsCenter, ESPN Radio and other ESPN platforms year-round. He will make his ESPN debut Wednesday (Aug. 22) during the 9 a.m. ET hour on both Get Up! and SportsCenter.

Cruz seems excited for the opportunity:

“As I officially close one chapter of my life and begin another, I could not be more thrilled to join another championship team at ESPN,” said Cruz. “I’m excited to get started and share my insight and analysis with the viewers and fans of the NFL.”

Cruz played seven seasons in the NFL but only played in games in five of them. From 2011-2013, he was one of the best wide receivers in the sport.