The start of Odell Beckham Jr.’s career with the Giants was anything but auspicious. A hamstring injury kept him off the field for the first four weeks of the season, and lately a swooning Giants team has guaranteed that Beckham will have to wait at least another year to make his NFL playoff debut.
Despite those factors working against him, Beckham has thrived in Ben McAdoo’s offense. Against Dallas in Week 12, he made what could be considered the catch of the year. On top of that, the rookie’s consistent production led to the NFL naming him as its Offensive Rookie of the Month for November.
However, all of that pales in comparison to Beckham getting to have dinner with his favorite athlete.
“It was very surreal to be able to meet LeBron,” said Beckham. “Just to be able to meet him and to be able to talk to him and him being able to share some words was a good time.”
Beckham, of course, is talking about Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James. The four-time NBA MVP recently made time to meet Beckham for an Italian dinner. While Beckham was thrilled to meet one of his heroes, it seemed like James was just as thrilled to say hi to Beckham.
“It is just everything I have ever dreamed of, really,” said Beckham. “All those days you go into work and you are putting in work it is for moments like this. You definitely take it for what it is and keep progressing each and every day. He talked about the play and wanted to see how big my hand was. For that to be my favorite athlete and to be able to sit down as civilized people and have dinner and conversation, it was nice.” Meeting with James was not all pleasure for Beckham. He also talked shop took in some valuable life lessons from the NBA superstar. Although James is highly sought after for endorsement deals, he reminded Beckham that an athlete’s most important work is always on the field of play.
“As far as business goes, he was just saying you have to handle what you are here to do and that is play football. Everything else will come with it. If you are not handling what you need to be doing, then it is going to make everything else a lot harder. First and foremost, handle your business.”