The saga of veteran NFL wide receiver victor cruz has certainly been an interesting one. With the announcement today of the Chicago Bears' signing of Cruz, it looks like a whole new chapter will be added to his story.

The Bears are in a bit of a rebuilding process with the team not having a winning record since 2012 and not making the playoffs since 2010. However, with the team’s first round draft pick of North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, the first quarterback to be picked in the 2017 NFL draft and the second overall pick, the Bears will be looking to give him some weapons to throw to, especially after the departure of star wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey.

The comeback kid

The fact that Victor Cruz is where he’s at today is nothing short of a Hollywood cliché. After playing college football for the University of Massachusetts, Cruz went undrafted in the 2010 NFL draft. However, the New York Giants decided to sign him as an undrafted free agent where he would quickly make a name for himself and become a starting player the following season. Cruz’s first season with the Giants was phenomenal, in which he was arguably their most explosive player and was a key component to the team's victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.

Meteoric rise

His meteoric rise to stardom was truly something special to watch as the unexpected phenom seemingly became a household name overnight.

Cruz would follow up his impressive rookie year with another spectacular season in which he made his first and only Pro-Bowl appearance in 2012. However, his stats declined significantly the following year and on October 12, 2014, Cruz tore his patellar tendon playing against the Philadelphia Eagles.

A torn patellar tendon is considered an extremely difficult injury for professional athletes to come back from and can often be career- ending. Cruz missed the rest of the 2014 season and the entire 2015 season after suffering further complications in which his left calf also ended up requiring surgery.

Against all odds, Cruz finally made a full recovery and returned to the Giants for the 2016 season. Unfortunately, despite his miraculous comeback, Cruz statistically had a mediocre season, which prompted the Giants to release him on February 13 of this year.

Despite this setback, Cruz has proven time and time again that he's not someone you should ever count out. With the Bears' acquisition of him earlier today, it looks like he'll get another shot to prove his haters wrong.

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