With COVID-19 restrictions in place, Tremendous Bowl LV might be ‘completely different,’ however NFL champ Victor Cruz thinks it’ll nonetheless be enjoyable, and he tells HL EXCLUSIVELY how he’s getting ready for the large recreation.

“A few of my favourite recollections are these interactions with the followers earlier than the sport or once you have fun a landing behind the endzone with the gang pumping you up,” Victor Cruz —  the ex-New York Giants star, Tremendous Bowl champ, and NFL icon – tells HollywoodLife when speaking concerning the upcoming Super Bowl LV. Because of the ongoing pandemic, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will battle Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs in a largely empty Raymond James Stadium. Regardless of there’ll solely be 22,000 followers on the Tremendous Bowl – out of a doable 65,000 – Victor’s assured that “having a number of thousand followers…will carry a few of that power again into the sport.”

Nonetheless, don’t anticipate Victor to be one of many few thousand to look at it in-person. The previous broad receiver – who, FYI, was a part of the Giants squad that beat Brady and the New England Patriots in Tremendous Bowl XLVI – tells HollywoodLife that he plans to “keep it small with my family.” Serving to him out – and serving to you out along with your Tremendous Bowl LV get together – is Stella Stadium Bites by Blue Apron. Stella Artois has teamed with the favored food-kit supply service to curate an easy-to-make, completely scrumptious menu for the final word Tremendous Bowl unfold.

This consists of Smoked Gouda & Hen Flatbread with Pancetta & Scorching Honey, Seared Flank Steak Lettuce Cups with Pickled Peppers and Garlic Dressing, Creamy Pesto & Spinach Dip with Toasted Pita Chips, and Pork Chorizo Quesadillas with Cilantro Bitter Cream (Rising up in a Puerto Rican family, recreation day snacks had been some conventional meals bites like tostadas, so I positively attempt to proceed that custom on my Sundays,” Victor tells HL.) As well as, the field comes with a set of 4 particular Stella Artois chalices, a present with buy. Followers have till Jan. 29 to buy to make sure the bins might be delivered in time for the sport.

Victor Cruz and Eli Manning need you to have the most effective Tremendous Bowl LV ever.

Victor spoke EXCLUSIVELY with HollywoodLife with the partnership, what he would make if there have been a signature “Victor Cruz” cocktail, if he thinks Drew Brees’ “subsequent transfer” might be, and extra!

HollywoodLife: You’ve partnered with Stella Stadium Bites by Blue Apron for the upcoming Tremendous Bowl. The current troubles of 2020 noticed many individuals rediscover the artwork of cooking. Did you spend a whole lot of time within the kitchen over these previous months? 

Victor Cruz: Staying house this yr gave me the time to spend money on hobbies that I by no means had once I was enjoying, particularly within the kitchen. Now that I’ve been capable of check out new recipes and flex my culinary abilities, I’m so excited to place them to the check with all of the scrumptious recipes from the Stella Stadium Bites box.

Followers should purchase Stella Stadium Bites by way of Blue Apron beginning now by way of January 29, whereas provides final, so get yours now to obtain in time for Tremendous Bowl LV!

The Stella Bites by Blue Apron affords a bevy of treats, from Chorizo Quesadillas to Seared Flank State Lettuce cups. Do you might have a signature recreation day snack or meal? To not brag, however I make a fierce seven-layer dip.  And do you might have any Tremendous Bowl recreation day traditions? 

Nicely, you may have to share that recipe as a result of that sounds scrumptious. Rising up in a Puerto Rican family, recreation day snacks had been some conventional meals bites like tostadas, so I positively attempt to proceed that custom on my Sundays. Watching soccer at house requires two issues: meals and beer. So nothing is healthier than sitting again with a chilly Stella and a selection of meals. This Tremendous Bowl is likely to be different, but it surely might be the beginning of some new traditions.

The bites within the Stella Bites by Blue Apron have been designed to pair with Stella Artois. Do you keep in mind the primary time you had a Stella? Or, a memorable second involving the beverage? 

Stella Artois and Blue Apron did an incredible job creating recipes that go completely with a Stella. I may at all times depend on Stella to be my go-to beer of selection after a protracted recreation or celebratory beverage!

Beer, like Stella Artois, would be the go-to drink for a lot of throughout the huge recreation, however some will deal with themselves to a cocktail or two. If there was a signature Victor Cruz cocktail, what wouldn’t it entail?  

I wish to maintain issues easy. An ice-cold beer is at all times the way in which to go. If I had to decide on, the signature Victor Cruz cocktail can be a mixture of orange juice and cranberry with a splash of vodka or rum.

Tremendous Bowl LV would be the fruits of essentially the most uncommon soccer season in current historical past. Many empty enviornment video games – and Raymond James Stadium will solely permit in 22,000 followers to look at on Feb. 7. Do you might have any particular SB viewing plans?

A few of my favourite recollections are these interactions with the followers earlier than the sport or once you have fun a landing behind the endzone with the gang pumping you up. Many groups didn’t get to indicate out in entrance of their house followers, which completely adjustments the atmosphere. However for all video games, having even a number of thousand followers on the Tremendous Bowl will carry a few of that power again into the sport. This yr I’m preserving it small with my family. We’re going to hang around, watch the sport and luxuriate in some scrumptious Stella Stadium Bites.

After the Saints misplaced to the Bucs, there’s a whole lot of speak about Drew Brees presumably hanging up his jersey. As somebody who’s been having fun with retirement – however nonetheless concerned within the recreation – do you might have any recommendation for Drew? Do you assume he ought to give it another season?  

Drew is a good man and an important competitor, however solely he is aware of the reply to that. So I do know no matter his subsequent transfer is would be the finest choice for him. I beloved my time within the league, and retirement has introduced so many nice alternatives as properly.

Victor Cruz attends the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, in New York (AP)

Regardless of who wins Tremendous Bowl LV, there’s going to be (at the very least) one participant who might be strolling out of Tampa with their first-ever championship ring? With it being nearly ten years because you gained Tremendous Bowl XLVI, do you might have any phrases of knowledge for that participant who’s about to really feel what you felt in 2012? 

The sensation of successful the Tremendous Bowl was unreal and one thing I’ll always remember. I’d say attempt to get pleasure from each second along with your teammates and household, however don’t neglect to have fun. You bust it on daily basis on the sector at follow and within the video games, so don’t neglect to stay within the second. I imply, you’re a Tremendous Bowl champion!

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