Odell Beckham Jr.

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Odell Beckham Jr.
Odell Beckham Jr..jpg
Beckham Jr. in 2015 Pro Bowl.
No. 13     New York Giants
Wide receiver / Return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-11-05) November 5, 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth: New Orleans, Louisiana
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)Weight: 198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school: New Orleans (LA) Newman
College: Louisiana State
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
Debuted in 2014 for the New York Giants
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
NFL
College
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Receptions91
Receiving yards1,305
Receiving TDs12
Stats at NFL.com
 
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Odell Beckham Jr.
Odell Beckham Jr..jpg
Beckham Jr. in 2015 Pro Bowl.
No. 13     New York Giants
Wide receiver / Return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-11-05) November 5, 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth: New Orleans, Louisiana
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)Weight: 198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school: New Orleans (LA) Newman
College: Louisiana State
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
Debuted in 2014 for the New York Giants
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
NFL
College
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Receptions91
Receiving yards1,305
Receiving TDs12
Stats at NFL.com

Odell Cornelious Beckham Jr. (born November 5, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Giants in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at LSU.

Early years[edit]

Beckham attended Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he was a letterman in football, basketball and track. In football, he played wide receiver, quarterback, running back, and cornerback. As a junior, he caught 45 passes for 743 yards and 10 touchdowns, while also adding three more scores on the ground. As a senior, he hauled in 50 catches for 1,010 yards and 19 touchdowns, joining Cooper Manning as the only two players in school history to record 1,000 receiving yards in a season. In addition, he rushed for 331 yards and six touchdowns, passed for 90 yards and a score and also averaged 30.0 yards per punt return.[1] He was named to the Times Picayune 2011 Blue-Chip list and to the Louisiana 2A All-State first team as a wide receiver, while he also earned District 9-2A Offensive MVP honors and a spot on The Advocate’s Super Dozen.[2]

In addition to football, Beckham Jr also participated in basketball and track. In basketball, Beckham lettered all four years and was an all-district selection his junior and senior years. Also a standout track & field athlete, Beckham followed in his mother's footsteps to excel in the sprinting and jumping events while at Newman High. He took silver in the long jump event at the 2010 Newman Invitational, with a career-best leap of 6.83 meters.[3] At the 2010 LA 2A State Meet, he earned sixth-place finishes in both the 200-meter dash, with a PR time of 22.31 seconds, and in the long jump, with a leap of 6.71 meters (21 ft 11 in).[4] He was also a member of the Newman 4x100m and 4x200m relay teams.

Recruiting[edit]

Regarded as a four-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com, Beckham was rated as the No. 6 wide receiver and as the No. 40 player in the nation. He chose LSU over scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Nebraska, Tulane and Tulsa, among others.[5] He also played in the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

College career[edit]

As a true freshman in 2011, Beckham started nine of 14 games, recording 41 receptions for 475 yards and two touchdowns. He was named a freshman All-SEC selection.[6] As a sophomore in 2012, he started 12 of 13 games. He finished first on the team in receiving yards with 713 and second in receptions with 43. As a junior in 2013, he combined with Jarvis Landry to form one of the best wide receiver duos in college football.[7][8] In the 2013 game against UAB, Beckham returned a failed field goal attempt for a record-long 109 yards and a touchdown (this record would be tied by Auburn's Chris Davis later that year). He was a first and second-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection.[9] In his role as a wide receiver and return specialist, Beckham was named the winner of the 2013 Paul Hornung Award, presented annually to the most versatile player in major college football.[10] He finished the season with 57 receptions for 1,117 yards and eight touchdowns. After the season he entered the 2014 NFL Draft, where he was selected twelfth overall by the New York Giants.[11][12]

Professional career[edit]

2014 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
HtWtArm lengthHand size40-yd dash10-yd split20-yd split20-ss3-coneVertBroadBP
5 ft 11 in198 lb32 34 in10 in4.43 s1.50 s2.52 s3.94 s6.69 s38.5 in9 ft 6 in7 reps
All values from NFL Combine[13]

2014 NFL Draft[edit]

Beckham was selected by the New York Giants with the 12th overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.[14] Beckham signed a contract with the Giants on May 19, 2014.[15]

2014 season[edit]

After missing a majority of the training camp, preseason, and the first four games of the season with a hamstring injury, Beckham made his debut on October 5, 2014, against the Atlanta Falcons recording four receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown.[16] In his first Monday Night Football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Beckham caught 8 passes for 156 yards. Against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10, he caught 7 passes for 108 yards. On November 23, 2014, during a game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, Beckham had 10 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns, including a one-handed touchdown reception hailed as the "catch of the year", with Cris Collinsworth, Tony Dungy, Victor Cruz and even NBA superstar LeBron James all saying that it was one of the best catches ever.[17][18][19][20][21] Beckham made this catch despite a pass interference penalty called on Dallas's Brandon Carr while diving backwards with full extension of his right hand using only three fingers. On December 8, 2014 the Pro Football Hall of Fame put Beckham's game-worn jersey from his famous one-handed catch game vs. Dallas on display.[22]


Beckham finished November with 38 receptions, 593 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. He had at least 90 yards receiving in all five games in November, setting an NFL rookie record for a calendar month.[23] He also broke Bill Groman's and Randy Moss' rookie record for consecutive games with 90 or more receiving yards in a season.[24] In week 14, Beckham extended his 90 receiving yard streak to 6 games, recording 11 receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown vs. Tennessee Titans. He also joined Bill Groman as the only rookies to have over 700 receiving yards in a six-game span.[25]

On December 14, 2014 Beckham became the first NFL rookie with at least 12 catches, 140 yards and three scores in a game racking up 143 receiving yards, 12 catches and three TD's. With his 12 receptions, Beckham tied former Giants TE Mark Bavaro for the most in a game by a Giants rookie; Bavaro had 12 catches against the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 13, 1985. Beckham Jr’s 143 receiving yards marked the fifth time he topped 100 receiving yards during the 2014 season, extending his own Giants record and setting an NFL rookie record of over 90 receiving yards in seven straight games. With 61 catches over seven games, Beckham also set the record for most ever receptions by an NFL rookie in a seven-game span. On December 21, 2014, Beckham extended his streak of 90 or more receiving yards in game to 8 when he racked up 148 receiving yards on 8 receptions and also hauled in 2 touchdowns vs. St. Louis Rams, including an 80-yard score, the longest TD reception by a Giants rookie in franchise history.[26] He also extended his streak of games with 130+ receiving yards and at least one receiving touchdown to three.

In the regular season finale vs. Philadelphia Eagles, Beckham had a career high 185 receiving yards, which was the most in a game by a rookie in franchise history.[27] Mark Bavaro previously held the record when he had 176 receiving yards vs. Bengals on Oct. 13, 1985. Beckham also had 12 receptions and a receiving touchdown vs. Eagles, which tied Torry Holt for most games with 10+ receptions, 100+ receiving yards & 1+ receiving TD in a season with four. Beckham finished his impressive rookie campaign with 91 receptions, 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in just 12 games. He's the fourth rookie in NFL history to have 1,300+ receiving yards in a season, and the only rookie to have at least 90+ receptions and 10+ receiving touchdowns in a season.[28] Beckham was named a first-alternate for the 2015 Pro Bowl.[29] On January 7, 2015, Beckham replaced Calvin Johnson in Pro Bowl due to injury. He's the first Giants rookie wide receiver in franchise history & the first Giants rookie since Jeremy Shockey in 2002 to make the Pro Bowl.[30]

He was also awarded the 2014 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.

Beckham revealed after the NFLPro Bowl game that during the 2014 season he suffered from two hamstring injuries before the season, one occurring in an early-offseason workout and another in a preseason game. Beckham stated, "I was never fully healthy, I was just trying to manage it and maintain it, It's still not right. [I'm] still working on it." [31][32]

New York Giants franchise records[edit]

NFL Records[edit]

Personal[edit]

Beckham's father, Odell Beckham, was a minor character in Buzz Bissinger's Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream and played running back at LSU from 1989 to 1992. Odell Beckham's roommate at LSU was Shaquille O'Neal, who is Odell Beckham Jr.'s godfather. His mother, Heather Van Norman, also attended LSU as a track runner.[58] She is currently the coach of the Nicholls State University track and field team. After the NFL combine, Beckham planned on challenging Van Norman to a race in the 40-yard dash.[59]

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