Giant’s wide reciever, Victor Cruz is known for his salsa moves after a touch down. One of two Puerto Rican players playing in the Super Bowl tonight, Cruz has been talking about his new daughter, Kennedy Ryan, and has shown his pride in his Puerto Rican heritage, bringing Latinidad to football. The other boricua playing tonight is Aaron Hernandez, a tight end playing for the Patriots. Rumor has it that Hernandez may have his own moves tonight. But who will dance first, is the real the question.
No matter who wins, the Giants or the Patriots, a Puerto Rican athlete will be taking home a Super Bowl ring. Wepa!
Facts about Latinos in football:
- Latinos make up about one percent of players in the NFL.
- Ron Rivera, of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage, is the third Latino named to a NFL head coach position, now that he’s the head coach of the Carolina Panthers.
- According to the LA Times: “Fifteen NFL teams have Spanish-language content on their websites and 14 broadcast their games on Spanish-language radio, including the Cardinals and Cowboys, who also beam their games into Mexico. In addition, Univision radio airs 32 games nationally, including the playoffs, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl.”
- Ignacio “Lou” Molinet was the first known Latino to play in the NFL in 1927 for the Frankford Yellowjackets and was a native of Chaparra, Cuba.
- The first Latino quarterback in the NFL was Tom Flores for the Oakland Raiders in 1960.
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