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July 30, 2012 17:26 ET

NFL Superstar Victor Cruz Debuts First Book on New York Times Best Seller List

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 30, 2012) - IMG Worldwide, the sports, entertainment and media company, announced today that client Victor Cruz, Super Bowl-winning wide receiver for the New York Giants, released a new book, Out of the Blue, which debuted at No. 13 on the New York Times Best Seller list for the week of August 5, 2012.

Cruz launched Out of the Blue on July 17, appearing on a variety of high profile national media outlets including The Daily Show, Live with Kelly, ABC's "Good Morning America" and ESPN's SportsCenter. Cruz is one of very few current athletes to have a book on the New York Times Best Seller list.

In Out of the Blue, Cruz discusses growing up in the rough neighborhood of Paterson, New Jersey; his struggles to receive a college scholarship before eventually graduating with honors from the University of Massachusetts; the challenges of joining the New York Giants (his hometown team) as an undrafted free agent and the ultimate achievement of setting a team receiving record in 2012 and winning the Super Bowl.

Victor's management team at IMG worked with him to develop the concept for Out of the Blue and spearheaded the marketing strategy along with the team at Penguin/Celebra that eventually placed Out of the Blue on the New York Times Best Seller list.

Acclaim for Out of the Blue
"Thank you for your story, it's going to be inspiring to a lot of people." -- Willie Geist, Morning Joe

"It's a great story." - Jon Stewart, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

"Your story is so inspirational, you represent New Jersey so beautifully, you make us all so proud. This book is a phenomenal read, I feel like everybody should get it if you want to be inspired." -- Kelly Ripa, Live! with Kelly

Out of the Blue by Victor Cruz with Peter Schrager (Penguin USA; Nonfiction Hardcover $26.95) is currently available nationwide at all major retail book outlets. Cruz is managed by a global team at IMG helmed by Carlos Fleming based in New York.

ABOUT VICTOR CRUZ/OUT OF THE BLUE
Victor Cruz, the Super Bowl-winning and record-breaking wide receiver, is best known for his explosive plays and salsa touchdown celebrations.

Victor Cruz's incredible play on the field (82 receptions, a franchise record 1,356 yards) and his famous end-zone dances have vaulted him to stardom. He played college football at the University of Massachusetts and was one of the star players at Paterson Catholic High School in Paterson, New Jersey. 

Peter Schrager covers the NFL and college football at FoxSports.com, and is a frequent contributor to GQ.com, Esquire.com, and The Daily. He lives in New York City.

About IMG
IMG Worldwide is a global sports, entertainment and media business, with nearly 3,000 employees operating in 30 countries around the globe. IMG's areas of expertise are diverse and wide ranging: IMG College; IMG's Joint Ventures in China, Brazil, India and Turkey; IMG Media; IMG Events and Federations; IMG Fashion; IMG Models; IMG Art+Commerce; IMG Clients; IMG Academies; IMG Consulting and IMG Licensing. More information is available at www.imgworld.com.

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