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Odell Beckham Jr – From College Football to the NFL

Odell Beckham was born on 20 oct 1992.

Odell Beckham Jr, a wide receiver for the New York Giants, is one of the most fast-rising stars in the NFL. After playing his college football for Louisiana State University (LSU), he was drafted in 2014 as a member of team number 17. He joined Eli Manning and Justin Tuck. Despite having not even played one game during his freshman year due to injury, Beckham led LSU with 82 receptions and 1263 yards. This was after Roger Craig retired from playing quarterback.

Starting his career in a limited role, he has steadily improved during his four and a half years with the Giants. And has earned the respect of other NFL players as well as fans. He is currently 6 feet (1.85 m) tall and weighs 212 pounds (96 kg).

Who is Odell Beckham?

He is the son of singer-songwriter-actress Patti LaBelle and is of African-American, French and Creole descent. Beckham’s mother Ayda, who works as his personal life manager and stylist, has said that he was named after recording artist Aretha Franklin. “I was naming my son after one of my favorite singers. I was going with Aretha until my first child was born,” she told Essence magazine. “Odell just looked like he would fit.” It was this feeling of rejection that prompted her to be a businesswoman. She was also the first woman to launch a fragrance in partnership with a major cosmetics company.

Beckham attended Isidore Newman School, an independent preparatory school, where he played football, basketball, baseball and ran track and field. He was named the High School Athlete of the Year by Gatorade that year.

− With 4 years of football experience, he was the only NFL player to have been past the age of 21 in a non-strike year. Beckham was an extra point holder in one game of his career.

Odell Beckham’s Schooling

− He graduated from high school at a young age and was offered a full scholarship by LSU. He scored 35 touchdowns as a senior.

− He has said that he worked hard to be where he is and considers himself extremely lucky. He has credited his parents for instilling in him a strong work ethic and a strong moral compass.

− Beckham was the 14th overall selection by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. On May 24, 2014, Beckham signed a four-year $10.4 million contract and a $5.9 million signing bonus.

− He finished his rookie season in 2014 with 1244 yards, 91 receptions and 12 touchdowns. This tied the rookie touchdown record with Randy Moss, Cris Carter and Ted Ginn Jr, as well as the franchise record for most touchdowns by a rookie.

Achievements :

Odell Beckham Jr. has also received numerous accolades for his performance in the field. He was ranked as the #1 wide receiver and #3 athletes by his fellow players in 2016. This was according to the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.

− In 2016, he was ranked 93 on Forbes Celebrity 100. Therefore, making him the NFL player to make it to that list. While in October 2016, he signed a five-year contract worth $95 million with the Giants with a $20 million signing bonus.

− In 2017, he made the Pro Bowl. And in March 2018, he extended his contract with the Giants for another five years till 2023. The contract is worth $95 million to Beckham Jr. with a $5 million roster bonus. And a $10 million signing bonus as well as $12 million in yearly average salary. In 2018, he caught 4 touchdown passes in one game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

− He was rated No. 1 in jersey sales during the 2017 off-season and the No. 2 player in the league by NFL.com’s top players list for the 2018 season. In January 2019, he had signed a contract with EA Sports for becoming the cover star of Madden NFL 20. The contract is worth $10 million.

His Appearance in Music Videos

− He has appeared in many music videos of famous artists and has participated in many campaigns including that of NIKE and Pepsi, among others. Odell Beckham Jr.’s most popular catchphrase is “I can’t fall.” In 2016, he won the Super Bowl XLIX Championship as a New York Giant’s player. Beckham caught a touchdown pass in the Giants’ game against the New England Patriots famous for its controversial finish after throwing an interception of Tom Brady with one minute left in the game, leading to a Patriots victory. The win was Beckham’s first Super Bowl appearance.

He is also known for his catchphrase Dilly dilly. Beckham is also known for his catchphrase Go get your shine on.

Games in Which Beckham Had a Receiving Yard of Over 100 yards

Game Date Opponent Yards Longest reception 100 yards+ notes 2014 Jaguars 49 141 2nd longest reception in NFL history. He beat the record of Calvin Johnson from week 17 of the 2012 season. They were the first two touchdowns of his career. 2014 Cowboys 121 94 1st NFL game in which he had over 100 yards. The game was played at MetLife Stadium, where his and the Giants’ home games are played. The Giants won the game 38-35. 2016 Packers 130 94 1st NFL game in which he had over 100 yards and 3 touchdowns 2017 Saints 181 95 Breaking a record for a teammate, as Eli Manning threw for 4 touchdowns to Beckham on the day, breaking another team record from 2012. 2018 Raiders 131 100 1st game in which he had a 100 yard game, which was also his first game with more than one touchdown.

Beckham’s NFL Career Statistics : 

In the last 4 seasons, Beckham leads the NFL in: receptions per game (6.16), receiving yards per game (82.4), points per game (17.5), and touchdowns per game (14). + In the last 4 seasons, Beckham ranks #1 among all NFL players in the following categories: receiving yards (82,432), receptions (399), TD receptions (65), and longest reception (161 yards).  + For his 4-year career, Beckham has 2,051 receiving yards with 17 touchdowns, and 141 rushing yards. He also has scored a total of 9 touchdowns on special teams.

Conclusion :

Beckham is a very talented football player. He has got great speed and catches every ball cleanly. Odell Beckham Jr. is also known for being a showman with his amazing play and catches on the filed. He is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL now and it is hoped that he would remain so for more years to come.

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