The ship happens.
Odell Beckham Jr.’s Giants days are long gone, but a single image has followed him west: the infamous Giants boat photo.
In 2017, the Giants were preparing for a wild-card round matchup with the Packers. Beckham, along with Giants teammates Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz and Roger Lewis Jr., decided to take a little detour in the week leading up to the game.
It wasn’t exactly the Titanic, but the Giants’ playoff hopes have sunk since the picture was taken.
This is how it came to be:
Origin of the image of the ship of the giants
The infamous Giants boat photo was taken in January 2017, nearly a week before the Giants faced the Packers in the NFL playoffs.
The photo jumped to the network and many asked themselves questions: Why does everyone wear boots on a boat? Is that Trey Songz? Why does Victor Cruz wear a hat?
Former Giants wide receiver Cruz detailed the day’s events on an episode of “Good Morning Football” in 2020. The Giants had a day off before their wild-card matchup with Green Bay, and the wide receiving corps decided take a quick trip to Miami.
Cruz, the veteran of the group, said he wasn’t sure about the trip and would make sure receivers had peace of mind with the short-notice visit to South Beach.
“At first, I’m not going to lie, I was worried,” Cruz said. “‘Odell, do you want to do this? Sterling, are you sure?’ They look at me salivating: ‘Let’s go to Miami’.
While in Miami, the group had a good time, hanging out with some big names, including singers Justin Bieber and Trey Songz, before finally ending up on the boat and flying back to New York the next day. The photo went viral and the rest, as they say, is history.
Beckham, who, unfairly or not, developed a controversial reputation, received a lot of criticism for the boat trip. He defended himself after the Giants’ loss to the Packers in that game:
“(The boat trip) doesn’t really connect with me. I never got distracted in my mind.” Beckham said.
Cruz would also say that the boat ride would “haunt” him forever, but that he would not regret what happened.
All told, the Giants’ slump in that playoff game against Green Bay had little to do with the wide receivers’ play and more to do with defense: The Packers scored 24 unanswered points to close out New York’s season, putting more of the blame on the defense than the offense.
Even Songz himself had something to say about it:
The DBs were not on the yacht. Just a little FYI
— TreySongz.eth (@TreySongz) January 8, 2017
Giants record from boat photo
The Giants have been in a state of disarray since the photo was taken. Since the photo surfaced, the Giants are 22-59, coincidentally tied with their MetLife roommates, the Jets, for the worst record in the NFL in that span.
The Giants have three bottom spots in five seasons since the photo, and they haven’t had a winning season in that span.
- 2017: 3-13, fourth in NFC East
- 2018: 5-11, fourth in NFC East
- 2019: 4-12, third in NFC East
- 2020: 6-10, second in NFC East
- 2021: 4-13, fourth in NFC East
The Giants have also fired three head coaches since the photo was taken: Ben McAdoo was fired midway through the 2017 season, Pat Shurmur was hired shortly after and then fired after 2019, while Joe Judge joined the ranks. of unemployment after the 2021 season.
Odell Beckham stats from the boat photo
Beckham, who was traded to the Browns in 2019, hasn’t quite replicated the success he had during his first few seasons with the Giants. In the five seasons since the image hit the web, Beckham has caught 243 passes for 3,245 yards and 21 touchdowns in 53 games.
Before the photo, Beckham had amassed 4,122 yards on 288 receptions in 43 games with 35 touchdowns.
Who was in the Giants boat photo?
It wasn’t just the Giants players in the pot picture. Here’s who was involved:
- Odell Beckham Jr., wide receiver for the Giants. Traded in 2019 to Cleveland. Now with the Rams.
- Sterling Shepard, wide receiver for the Giants. Still with the team.
- Victor Cruz, wide receiver for the Giants. Released after the 2017 season. Retired.
- Roger Lewis Jr., wide receiver for the Giants. Released in 2018.
- Trey Songz, singer and songwriter. Last nominated for a major award in 2017. Seen holding a joint in the image.