Giants' Victor Cruz Pays A Visit To Newton Tragedy Family

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Dec 19, 2012 11:02 AM EST
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New York Giants Victor Cruz (C) catches the game winning touchdown between Washington Redskins Madieu Willims (L) and Josh Wilson (R) in the fourth quarter during their NFL football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, October 21."

New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz visited the home of 6-year-old Jack Pinto, one of the 20 victims who lost their lives Friday in Newton, Conn., to show his respect to his family.

Pinto was a Giants fan and big Cruz fan, and was buried in a replica Cruz jersey, according to

During Cruz' visit, many elementary school-aged children played touch football in the front yard of the family's home on Tuesday. Some wore Giants jerseys while others wore Newton football or wrestling shirts. After several hours kids left with autographed Giants footballs and jerseys.

About 45-minutes after leaving the Pinto home, Cruz tweeted he has "much love to the entire Pinto family. Great people with huge hearts."

Meanwhile, Providence College from nearby Rhode Island is also making a commitment to honor the children who lost their lives. The Friars wore green jerseys for Tuesday night's 79-45 win over Colgate with the words "Sandy Hook" on the back above the players' numbers. Green is Sandy Hook's school color.

Providence coach ED Cooley, who previously coached at Fairfield near Newtown, said he alerted Nike and wanted to have special uniforms made for the occasion. He said the school would then send the jerseys to the victims' families.

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