Odell Beckham received one of the biggest honors in professional football Wednesday, being named as the cover athlete for Madden 16.
The former LSU star turned New York Giants pro bowler won a fan vote that took place over the last two weeks, beating out fellow finalist Rob Gronkowski. The announcement was made during a special segment on ESPN's SportsCenter.
“Odell Beckham Jr. is a true playmaker and a perfect fit for this year’s game,” said Randy Chase, Senior Director of Marketing for EA SPORTS, in a press release. “He’s an unstoppable force out on the field, and the Madden NFL 16 cover is further vindication that the fans believe he’s a player to watch in the coming years.”
This marks another step in Beckham's meteoric rise to NFL stardom. Beckham completed one of the most productive seasons in LSU history before parlaying that into a first-round selection by the Giants last year. Beckham missed the first four games of the 2014 season with an injury, but returned to put up unbelievable numbers.
Beckham finished with more than 1,300 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in just 12 games en route to the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
But most everyone knows Beckham for the catch, considered one of the greatest in NFL history.
That catch served as the inspiration for Beckham's Madden cover. Now he just needs to avoid the dreaded Madden jinx.
Odell Beckham lands Madden 16 cover
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