If anyone questions the popularity of Giants superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham, all they need to do is walk outside their front door and watch two kids throw a football around. They’ll see them routinely practicing one handed catches, in attempts to mimic the ridiculous one hand grab Beckham made against the Cowboys that catapulted him into the national sports spotlight overnight. In honor of Beckham, the mainstream reference for making a one handed catch has been organically renamed “Odelling it”.
To Beckham’s credit, he is one of the few non-quarterback NFL players that has been successful in establishing crossover commercial marketing appeal. Beckham and his signature, and now often copied, flowing hairdo have already donned the Madden Football cover, and can be seen on TMZ as often as SportsCenter.
A recent GQ article detailed Beckham’s baller life, including a summer spent house sitting with Drake, and paints a picture of a budding star who wants to have his cake and eat it too, in terms of on field success and massive off field celebrity.
Today on Speak for Yourself, Colin and Jason were asked whether with Beckham’s borderline overexposure in such a short time will negatively impact his football performance. Colin said he doesn’t have any issue with Beckham’s off the field activities, because he doesn’t think wide receivers need to be team leaders.
“There are certain positions in football, Center, Middle Linebacker, quarterback. I need communicators. I need guys who are talking. Calling audibles, at the line, Ray Lewis, what’s happening? Outside? I couldn’t hear you if you yelled anyway. Go be a star. Make 7 catches a game, and give me 14 touchdowns.”
Whitlock thinks that although many rush to compare Beckham’s flamboyant personality to Terrell Owens, he’s more comparable to Rob Gronkowski, because his antics are viewed as playful, not corrosive.
“He’s been one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, if not the best. Gronk’s been the best tight end in the National Football League. We allow them to be these outrageous personalities, on and off the field. Unlike Terrell Owens, where some of his on field antics got in the way of them winning, I haven’t seen anything yet from Odell Beckham, other than the fight with Josh Norman, that seemed to get in the way of them being a winner.”
As Beckham approaches the upcoming NFL season with his star status continuing to rise, he’ll have to continue to prove to teammates and critics that his off the field appetite won’t affect his Pro Bowl production.
After putting up an eye popping 187 catches and 2,755 receiving yards in two seasons, it’s hard to envision that summering at Drake’s crib is going to slow his roll.
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) July 21, 2016