Aaron Hernandez, Victor Cruz Among Latin Stars Bringing Added Excitement to NFL Playoffs


Jan 6, 2012

It’s been a great season for the Latin players in the NFL, and it promises to only get better as the playoffs get under way.

The most well-known case, and the most proud of his heritage, is Victor Cruz. His last name is enough to proudly claim his roots, but his now famous salsa dance celebrations have brought a great Latin flare to this season of the NFL.

Cruz, of Puerto Rican heritage, set multiple New York Giants records this season.

The second Latin star in the postseason is not as well-known for his Hispanic background. Arian Foster, of the Houston Texans, has carried the team to the postseason as injuries continue to pile on for the team. Foster will have to play at his best level to ensure his team advances in the postseason.

Born in New Jersey, Foster is of Mexican heritage.
These aren't the only Latins making strides this year. Aaron Hernandez, part of the tight end duo in New England, has had a key role in the explosive offense for the Patriots.

Hernandez, of Puerto Rican heritage, will get a rest this weekend as New England has a first round bye as the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

The last Latino on the list comes from the other side of the ball, Steelers defensive end Ziggy Hood. Hood is more than prepared to take his spot on the field and make life impossible for Denver quarterback Tim Tebow.

The player, of Mexican heritage, has been heavily involved in helping Mexican and Hispanic kids in Kansas City and Mexico.

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