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Carlos Rogers: Niners DB Promises Not to Mock Victor Cruz's Salsa Celebration

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22:  Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants runs for yards after the catch against Carlos Rogers #22 of the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The Giants won 20-17 in overtime.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistOctober 12, 2012

San Francisco 49ers defensive back Carlos Rogers will not be doing the salsa in Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

The Niners defensive back did his own rendition of the dance that Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is known for after intercepting a pass against the Giants last season. But, Rogers says that fans shouldn't expect a repeat performance against the Giants should he intercept Manning again this season.

According to's Mike Mazzeo, Rogers had this to say about the dance, "I'm not gonna do it, that's a tribute to his grandmother. Once (I heard) that, I threw that out the door. It's definitely out."

Cruz has made comments since the incident that he would feel disrespected if Rogers chose to do the dance again. With the upcoming game this week, the dance had become a hot topic with the media. Rogers' comments put to rest any potential controversy that may have come from the situation.

Cruz adapted the Salsa as his celebration to honor his grandmother who passed away at 77. His grandmother taught him how to do the dance when he was young.

In Cruz's book Out of the Blue, which was released earlier this year, he wrote that he would not forget that Rogers imitated his trademark dance thus setting up a tense situation for Rogers and Cruz this week.

With Rogers respectfully deciding to refrain from doing Cruz's dance this year, the question now becomes whether or not Rogers can keep Cruz from doing the dance when the Giants come to play San Francisco on Sunday.

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