MVP: The New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz was in Manhattan’s West Side Thursday afternoon for Perry Ellis, his first show of the fall season. In recent years, he has been one of the few, if not the most high profile, NFL players to become a fixture at front rows usually dominated by the more colorful players in the NBA. But that’s beginning to change — he was expecting to be joined in the front row by Julian Edelman, a wide receiver with the new Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots.

“They’re catching up, especially in the NFL. They understand fashion is very relevant now,” Cruz said. “It’s another venue to build your brand and what people see. It takes the right guy, someone comfortable in their own skin.”

He was looking forward to personally congratulating Edelman, though it was a bittersweet experience watching the game. “Obviously after playing in one, you wanna go back,” said the 2012 Super Bowl champion. “I was happy I got to see the last eight minutes, which were the best part.” And what about all that hubbub around “Deflategate”?

His two cents: “The NFL is looking into it and they’re making a decision. It’s just unfortunate that cloud loomed over the Super Bowl.” Alas, Edelman never showed — Joe Jonas was the only other personality in the front row — so for now, Cruz continues to hold the brass ring at fashion shows for the National Football League.

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