AJ Cruz is in his second season as an Arena Football League player, his first with the Arizona Rattlers. The do-it-all man has been a constant spark of energy to the team on game days. Whether as a receiver on offense, a defensive back, or the dangerous return man, Cruz has been making plays all season during his first go-around with the squad. Each week, fans get to witness the speed and tenacity Cruz offers the team. Here is a look at who AJ Cruz is when he’s not in game day mode.
Q: What is your best sports accomplishment?
Cruz: In college, I was one of just 41 football players ever to be named first team All-Ivy three years in a row.
Q: Growing up, were you involved in any other sports aside from football?
Cruz: Definitely, I played basketball and baseball too! In fact, in high school we won the state championship in basketball my junior year with the now Warriors’ star guard Klay Thompson.
Q: What was your first impression of head coach Kevin Guy?
Cruz: To be honest, it was great. After the first few practices we sat down and reviewed my performance. He was very encouraging and earned my respect very quickly. He knows the game and has been around a good while. I mean, you cannot win three consecutive championships without leadership like that.
Q: What is your most embarrassing sports moment?
Cruz: Oh man, this has to be during Little League baseball. I was about eight years old and was acting as first base coach for the game. Normally the first base coaches collect ground balls that are fouled off. Well, there was a pop up, and I just so happened to have caught it. Turns out the first baseman could have caught it in foul territory for an out. I felt so embarrassed.
Q: What do you like to do during your free time?
Cruz: I really love to surf when I am back home, but I cannot do that here. Whenever I am back home I like to surf Newport Beach and spend my down time with all of my family back in California. Other than that I like to watch Netflix, specifically The Office right now. I also am a big fan of movies and some video games.
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