The last time the Giants made the playoffs was in the 2016-2017 season.
Former Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz says he’s still haunted by what happened before that playoff game: The infamous Miami boat picture.
“If this was 1999, no one would have known about the trip, we would have went, had a great time, come back,” Cruz said on E! News. “And then had we won the game, that’s the part that kind of bothers me, too. If we won the game, they’d be like, ‘Go to Miami every week, apparently that’s the good luck charm.’ The fact that we lost, left a bad taste in everybody’s mouth.”
Cruz explained that the decision to go was made after the regular season finale.
“It was right after a game, and we were just about to go into the playoffs, and although we had the day off, we went to Miami, we had a good time, it was New Year’s Day, we came back the next day, didn’t break any rules,” Cruz said. “This photo will haunt me for the rest of my life.”
“It was more so the feeling of, ‘Man, when am I going to get to do this again? When am I going to get to be an athlete, win a football game, go on a private jet, go to Miami the same night?’” Cruz explained of the trip that involved Trey Songz. “It was one of those things where I was just like, ‘I think I’m just going to feed our ego tonight.’”
Cruz was on the boat with fellow Giants receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Roger Lewis. He said once the group picture made its way online, that’s when the situation got “amplified.”
— Justin W (@justinwit11) January 2, 2017
The Giants lost the game to the Packers 38-13, and Beckham and Shepard had a couple of crucial drops early in the game.
Most of the Giants players and coaches are no longer around from that team. The only receiver from the photo still on the team is Sterling Shepard.
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