Being a national football celebrity isn’t all fun and games. Sure, there are magazine covers, commercial shoots, and all that glamour, but Odell Beckham Jr. knows that there’s a downside to being at the top of every defense’s game plan.
“You know that they’re out there targeting you and they’re trying to do things to you,” said Beckham. “As much as somebody wants to say that they’re not, they are, and that’s just the case. Like I said, we’re out there to play football and that’s all I came here to do, to play football and do whatever this team needs.”
Last week against Buffalo, Beckham let some smack talk get the best of him and was involved in an altercation with Bills defenders. The talented wide receiver has been on the radar of every defensive back in the country since he burst onto the scene in 2014 with an incredible rookie campaign. Even though he has the reputation of a showboat, Beckham is just as serious about football as other top players.
“I just love this game," said Beckham. "I’m very confident in my ability. I know what I’ve been given, I know my responsibilities that I have. A lot of people take that as people have built me up to be right here and they hear so much about me that I don’t know if they hear so much about other people.”
Even when Beckham is not adding receptions and touchdowns to his resume, he’s happy to distract the opposing defense and let other players handle the ball.
“If I can draw two guys on one play, if I can draw seven guys on a fake reverse and we have a big play, I did my job, said Beckham. “You know what I mean? I came here to do whatever this team needs me to do. If they need me to block 70 plays a game, that’s what I’m here to do. If they want to catch 60 balls a game, I’ll do that as well. It doesn’t really bother me either which way.”
It’s that kind of attitude that caused Beckham to visit head coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese this week and discuss the altercation from the Buffalo game.
“I’m telling him I came here to play football, I love playing football, and that’s all there is to it,” said Beckham about his visit with Reese.
With Beckham fully focused on football and the Giants riding a two-game winning streak, there’s a feeling that this team is destined for great things. That feeling will be affirmed if New York can defeat the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night.
“The 49ers are a great team,” said Beckham, “I don’t think you can ever sleep on any team due to record, this is the NFL. Any team can be better any given day. We know they’re going to be hungry for a win, and we’re going to have to play like we’re hungry, because we are. Trying to get our record to 3-2 and we’ve got to do whatever it takes.”