Odell Beckham Jr.can haul in virtually anything thrown his way except for one thing: a championship.
The wideout admitted to the media that trophies have slipped through his grasp all his life going back to his childhood.
“I feel like I’ve been a decent player all my life, been on some good teams, but I’ve never been able to put the icing on the cake,” explained Beckham Jr., who is entering his third year in the NFL. Got to the championship, blown out in my home town. Pee Wee football championship, I think I won one and then they called a flag and took a championship from us. Basketball in fourth grade, I remember they hit a game winning shot and everybody thought it was over, but I caught the ball, threw it all the way down the court and made it and I’m running down the court like I won the game and the refs are like ‘what happened’, so that was a championship taken from me, so I’ve never been able to call myself a champion and there’s got to be no better feeling than seeing the confetti fall and knowing that all the hard work since July 28 and even before that leading up to it and that all was worth it in the end."
OBJ began to recall moments where him and his team were on the cusp of victory like in Peewee football when a flag late in the game cost his team the title. He even launched a full court game-winner in a fourth grade basketball championship that was called back by the refs.
So far in his professional career, No. 13 hasn’t been close to a championship, not making the playoffs in his first two years. However, he has no doubt there will be a playoff run this season for the simple fact New York Giants QB Eli Manning is at the helm.
“Obviously he knows what it takes to win,” Beckham Jr. said. “He’s got two of them [Super Bowls] and his brother has got two of them, so I’m sure he’s got to bring one home this year to be able to stick his chest out a little bit in that household of legends, really.”
Beckham Jr. surrounds himself with champions off the field as well. He was able to work out with his “favorite athlete” the 2016 NBA Finals MVP and champion, Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James. Hitting the weights at a gym in LA, the 23-year-old saw what it truly takes to be called the best in the game.
“…You see what it takes and what he is doing even after what he’s already done,” said Beckham Jr. “I don’t want to say I gained a new level of respect for him because I already have the utmost respect for him…So it was just cool, just a cool experience for me to be able to go down and work with him.”
Hardware earned is a main difference between these two athletes, but one thing James and Beckham Jr. have in common is that they were touted as one of the best in their respective sports at such an early stage in their career.
OBJ can take over a game just like the future NBA Hall of Famer, and if he wants that Super Bowl, that first championship in his hands, he must play a major role in his team’s success.
“I’ve never been able to call myself a champion,” Beckham Jr. said, “and there’s got to be no better feeling than seeing the confetti fall and knowing that all the hard work since July 28 and even before that leading up to it and that all was worth it in the end.”