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Victor Cruz mistaken for Stanford power forward at NIT game

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Whoops! (Deadspin)

Apparently, unless you're that Tim Tebow guy, there are folks at ESPN who can confuse your identity. Even if you're New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz, who was the subject of the on-screen goof-up pictured above.

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Josh Huestis can't believe they blew that one... (AP)

No, Worldwide Leader, this is not Stanford power forward Josh Huestis -- this is a guy who scored a touchdown in Super Bowl XLVI and may be the most dynamic slot receiver in the game. Cruz was attending Tuesday's NIT semifinal at Madison Square Garden, when someone in the truck -- most likely bleary-eyed after helping to assemble several ill-advised hours of Skip Bayless-oriented programming -- put up the unfortunate graphic.

Cruz cracked the Giants roster as an undrafted free agent in 2010, and he was almost cut at one point, and Giants general manager Jerry Reese recently admitted that had Cruz not been playing college ball at UMass -- which was pretty close to the Giants' facilities -- he might not have been on the radar at all. But after putting up one of the best receiving seasons in this history of a storied New York franchise, you'd think the WWL would know his face by now.

"It's just been an incredible journey, an incredible ride," Cruz said right after the Giants' Super Bowl win. "I wouldn't want to spend it with anybody else — no other teammates, no other team, no other city. I'm just happy to be here."

He should be happy to be there, and ESPN should understand the difference between college forwards and NFL slot receivers. Next up on First Take: Does Wes Welker look enough like Steve Nash?

(H/T: Deadspin)

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