Odell Beckham Jr. - Biography

Odell Cornelious Beckham Jr., often known as OBJ, is an American football wide receiver for the National Football League's Cleveland Browns (NFL). Beckham was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and attended neighbouring Louisiana State University (LSU) before being chosen in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. Beckham has been one of the most productive and popular players in the NFL since his arrival, but his personal behaviour has garnered media attention.

Beckham started the 2012 BCS National Championship Game in his first year with the LSU Tigers, and he received the Paul Hornung Award after his junior year in 2013.

In 2016, he became the NFL's fastest player to amass 200 career catches and 4,000 career receiving yards. After leading the Giants to an 11–5 season record, he had his first 100-reception season and made the NFL playoffs for the first time in his career in 2016. Beckham has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons and has twice been named a second-team All-Pro.

Childhood

Beckham was born in the Louisiana city of Baton Rouge. He was a letterman in football, basketball, and track at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Louisiana. For the Greenies football club, he played wide receiver, quarterback, running back, and cornerback. He grabbed 45 receptions for 743 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior, while also scoring three times on the run. As a senior, he hauled in 50 passes for 1,010 yards and 19 touchdowns, joining Cooper Manning as the only two players in school history to accomplish so.

He also ran for 331 yards and six touchdowns, threw for 90 yards and one touchdown, and averaged 30.0 yards per punt return. As a wide receiver, he was named to the Times Picayune's 2011 Blue-Chip list and the Louisiana 2A All-State first team, as well as District 9-2A Offensive MVP honours and a position on The Advocate's Super Dozen.

Beckham grew up playing soccer and considers English star David Beckham to be his boyhood idol. Beckham's soccer club coaches gave him the opportunity to try out for a junior national team programme, but he declined due to his abilities in other sports at home. Beckham was regarded as the No. 6 wide receiver and the No. 40 player in the country by Rivals.com and Scout.com, respectively. He selected LSU over scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Nebraska, Tulane, and Tulsa, among other schools. He also competed in the 2011 United States Army All-American Bowl.

Private life

Kordell, Beckham's younger brother, and Jasmine, Beckham's younger sister, are his siblings. Odell Beckham Sr., Beckham's father, was a standout running back at Marshall High School and went on to play running back for LSU from 1989 to 1992. In Buzz Bissinger's book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream, published in 1990, Beckham Sr. was mentioned. Heather Van Norman, Beckham's mother, was a track runner at LSU. She competed for three national championship relay teams in 1993, winning the indoor and outdoor 4 400 m relays, as well as the outdoor 4 100 m relay.

Van Norman was in the midst of training for the Olympic trials when she found out she was pregnant with Beckham in 1992. She subsequently became the track and field coach at Nicholls State University. On June 1, 2017, she resigned from this post. Beckham planned to challenge Van Norman to a 40-yard dash race after the NFL Combine. Beckham has been linked to a number of high-profile figures, including David Beckham, James Corden, Beyoncé, LeBron James, Drake, and David Alaba, his favourite soccer player.

Beckham and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees attempted to set a new world record for the most one-handed catches made in a minute on January 29, 2015, during a live ESPN broadcast from Glendale, Arizona, the site of Super Bowl XLIX. With 33 catches, he broke the previous record of ten. However, this triumph was short-lived, as CFL wide receiver Andy Fantuz set a new world record with 50 one-handed catches in a minute.

Season 2011

Beckham started nine of LSU's 14 games as a true freshman in 2011. On September 3, 2011, he made his college debut against the #3 Oregon Ducks. In a 40–27 win over the Ducks, he had two receptions for 10 yards. On September 24, in a 47–21 victory over the #16 West Virginia Mountaineers, Beckham scored his first career collegiate touchdown on a 52-yard reception from Jarrett Lee. Beckham was held without a reception in the SEC Championship against the #12 Georgia Bulldogs, although he did have two punt returns in the 42–10 win.

In Beckham's rookie season, the Tigers went 13–0 and advanced to the BCS National Championship game. Beckham had five receptions for 38 yards in the game, which was a rematch against the Alabama Crimson Tide, in a 21-0 loss. Beckham was second on the squad with 41 catches for 475 yards and tied for third with two receiving touchdowns in his first season. He was named to the SEC Freshman All-Star team.

Season 2012

Beckham started 12 of the Tigers' 13 games as a sophomore in 2012. He had his first collegiate punt return touchdown in the season opener against the North Texas Mean Green, a 70-yard return in the first quarter of the 41–14 victory. Against the Towson Tigers on September 29, he had his first career collegiate game with over 100 yards. In the 38–22 win over the Tigers, he had five receptions for 128 yards and two touchdowns. LSU was defeated 25–24 by Clemson on a game-winning field goal as time expired. Beckham had three receptions for 40 yards.

He led the team in receiving yards with 713, was second on the team in receptions with 43 (second only to Jarvis Landry's 56), and was third on the team with two receiving touchdowns.

Season 2013

In 2013, as a junior, he teamed up with Jarvis Landry to form one of college football's most productive wide receiver tandems. He had five receptions for 118 receiving yards in the Tigers' regular-season opener against #20 TCU at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on August 31. Beckham had five receptions for 136 yards and three touchdowns in the 56–17 victory over UAB on September 7. He was named to the first and second teams of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Beckham was named the winner of the 2013 Paul Hornung Award, which is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football, for his work as a wide receiver and return specialist. He has 57 catches for 1,117 yards and eight touchdowns during the 2013 season. In 2013, he led the SEC with 32 kickoff returns for 845 net yards. He chose to forgo his senior year and join the 2014 NFL Draft after the season.

New York Giants

The New York Giants took Beckham with the 12th overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He was the third wide receiver taken in that year's draught. On May 19, 2014, he signed a four-year deal with the Giants. The contract was worth $10.4 million, with a signing bonus of $5.88 million. Beckham made his debut on October 5, 2014, in Week 5 against the Atlanta Falcons, after missing the majority of training camp, preseason, and the first four games of the season due to a hamstring injury. He recorded four receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown in the 30–20 victory.

Beckham caught eight passes for 156 yards in his first Monday Night Football game, a 40–24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. While diving backwards with full extension of his right hand and only three fingers, Beckham made this catch despite a pass interference penalty called on Dallas cornerback Brandon Carr. Despite a late fourth-quarter touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Dez Bryant, the Giants still lost 31–28.

Beckham's game-worn jersey from his historic one-handed grab game versus Dallas was on exhibit at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on December 8, 2014. Beckham had 38 receptions, 593 receiving yards, and two touchdowns in November.

In November, he had at least 90 yards receiving in each of his five games, breaking the NFL rookie record for a calendar month. He also set the rookie record for consecutive games with 90 or more receiving yards in a season, which was previously held by Bill Groman and Randy Moss. Beckham extended his 90-yard receiving streak to six games in Week 14, catching 11 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown in a 36–7 win over the Tennessee Titans. He's also the only rookie to have over 700 receiving yards in six games, joining Bill Groman.

Beckham became the first NFL rookie to have at least 12 catches, 140 yards, and three touchdowns in a game on December 14, 2014, with 143 receiving yards, 12 catches, and three touchdowns. Beckham tied former Giants tight end Mark Bavaro for the most receptions in a game by a Giants rookie with 12 on October 13, 1985, against the Cincinnati Bengals. Beckham's 143 receiving yards were his fifth 100-yard game of the 2014 season, extending his own Giants record and setting an NFL rookie record of more than 90 receiving yards in seven consecutive games.

Beckham also set the record for most ever receptions by an NFL rookie in a seven-game span with 61 catches. Beckham finished his rookie season with 91 catches, 1,305 yards, and 12 touchdowns in only 12 games. He's only the fourth rookie in NFL history with at least 1,300 receiving yards in a season and the only rookie with at least 90 receptions and 10 receiving touchdowns. Beckham was named to the 2015 Pro Bowl as a first-alternate. Due to an injury to Calvin Johnson, Beckham was named to the Pro Bowl on January 7, 2015.

He was the first Giants rookie wide receiver in franchise history to make the Pro Bowl, and the first since Jeremy Shockey in 2002. Beckham revealed after the Pro Bowl that he suffered two hamstring injuries prior to the 2014 season, one during an early-offseason workout and the other during a preseason game. According to Beckham, 'I was never truly healthy; I was only attempting to manage and maintain it, and it still isn't right. It's something I'm still working on.' After a season that sportswriters hailed as one of the best ever by a rookie, Beckham received numerous accolades.

The Associated Press named Beckham Offensive Rookie of the Year on January 31, 2015. He was also named Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Pro Football Writers Association in 2014. On May 13, 2015, Beckham was chosen as the cover athlete for Madden NFL 16, defeating New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Beckham is the youngest player to ever appear on the Madden cover.

Beckham playing for New York Giants
Season 2015

On September 13, in the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys, Beckham had five receptions for 44 yards in a narrow 27–26 loss. Beckham bounced back against the Atlanta Falcons the following week, catching seven passes for 146 yards and one touchdown in a 24–20 loss.

He had six receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown in the next game, a 23–20 loss to the New York Jets. In a 31–24 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Week 14, Beckham set a season high with 166 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Beckham was involved in multiple confrontations with cornerback Josh Norman during the Week 15 game against the Carolina Panthers.

Beckham was called for four penalties during the game, including three personal fouls. Beckham had no catches in the first half, but he finished with six catches for 76 yards and a game-tying touchdown as the Giants fell to the Panthers 38-35. Beckham was suspended one game without pay by the NFL Disciplinary Committee on December 21, 2015, for multiple violations of safety-related playing rules.

He challenged the decision, but it was upheld, and he was suspended. Beckham finished the season with 1,450 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns in 15 games, setting a new career high. The Giants finished with a 6–10 record and were unable to qualify for the playoffs.

For the second year in a row, he was named to the Pro Bowl, and his peers ranked him 10th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.

Beckham playing a match in 2015 season
2016 season

After Tom Coughlin resigned as the Giants' head coach, Beckham began the 2016 season with a new head coach, Ben McAdoo. Beckham was fined $12,154 on September 17 for a dance celebration during Week 1 against the Cowboys. In Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints, he was fined $36,000 for a blindside hit on safety Kenny Vaccaro. Beckham became the fastest player to reach 200 receptions in only 30 games during Week 3 against the Washington Redskins, which featured Josh Norman. As the Giants lost a close game 27–29, he finished with seven receptions for 121 receiving yards.

Beckham had a career-high 222 yards receiving and two touchdowns in Week 6 against the Baltimore Ravens, leading the Giants to a 27–23 victory. In a 24–14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 13, he had ten receptions for 100 receiving yards. Following the game, an enraged Beckham punched a hole in the visiting team's locker room wall. The Giants agreed to cover the costs of the repairs, which were completed ten days later. On the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017, he was ranked eighth by his teammates.

Beckham playing a match in 2016 season
2017 season

Beckham's fifth-year option was exercised by the Giants on April 24, 2017.

Beckham sprained his ankle against the Cleveland Browns during the preseason. Beckham missed the Giants' regular-season opener due to injury, but he returned in Week 2 against the Detroit Lions, finishing with 36 receiving yards in a 10–24 loss. He had 79 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in the following game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Beckham had 97 receiving yards and a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 5 before leaving the game with an apparent leg injury. He had a fractured left ankle, it was later discovered.

The Giants announced the next day that Beckham would have surgery to repair the fracture, which would keep him out for the rest of the 2017 season after he was placed on injured reserve. Beckham finished the 2017 season with 25 receptions for 302 yards and three touchdowns in just four games. Despite only appearing in four games, he was ranked 77th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018 by his peers.

Beckham playing for a match in 2017 season
2018 season

Beckham signed a five-year, $95 million contract extension with the Giants on August 27, 2018, with $41 million fully guaranteed and a total guarantee of $65 million. In his season-opening 20–15 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, he had 11 receptions for 111 yards in his first game back from injury. Beckham passed Lionel Taylor (319) for the most receptions by a player in his first 50 career games after a 27-22 win over the Houston Texans in Week 3. (he would be passed by Michael Thomas in 2019).

Beckham had three catches for 35 yards and a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in Week 13. In the 30-27 victory, he also threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Russell Shepard. Since Antwaan Randle El in 2010, he is the first non-quarterback to have multiple passing touchdowns in a season. In addition, he became the first player since Eddie Kaw and Benny Boynton of the 1924 Buffalo Bisons to record multiple games with a touchdown pass and a receiving touchdown in a single season. Due to a quad injury, Beckham missed the final four games of the season.

He had 77 receptions for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns on the season, and he also threw two touchdown passes. On the NFL Top 100 Players of 2019, he was ranked 23rd by his teammates.

Beckham playing a match in 2018 season for New York Giants
Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns acquired Beckham, along with Olivier Vernon, on March 13, 2019, in exchange for Jabrill Peppers, Kevin Zeitler, and the Browns' first- and third-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Beckham caught seven passes for 71 yards in his first game with the Browns, a 13–43 loss at home to the Tennessee Titans. Beckham had 161 receiving yards against the New York Jets on Monday Night Football in Week 2, including a one-handed catch for 33 yards and an 89-yard touchdown as the Browns won 23–3 in his first game back at MetLife Stadium since being traded. Beckham was held to only two receptions for 20 yards in a 40–25 win over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4.

Beckham punched Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey late in the third quarter, prompting Humphrey to choke him. Freddie Kitchens, the Browns' head coach, was upset that Humphrey was not ejected for choking Beckham after the game, saying that 'they get away with it because it's Odell.' Beckham and Humphrey were both fined $14,037 on October 5, 2019. Beckham caught six passes for 101 yards in a 32–28 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6. The NFL fined him $14,037 for a uniform violation a few days after the game.

Beckham playing for Cleveland Browns
2020 season

Beckham caught four passes for 74 yards and his first receiving touchdown of the season in a 35–30 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football in Week 2. In a 49–38 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4, he had five receptions for 81 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns, as well as 73 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. The rushing touchdown came late in the fourth quarter, as the Browns were trying to hold off the Cowboys' furious comeback attempt.

The touchdown pushed the Browns' lead to 11 points, effectively putting the game out of reach. Beckham left the game in the first quarter against the Bengals with a knee injury and did not return after attempting to tackle Darius Phillips after an interception. Beckham's season was cut short the next day after he suffered a torn ACL. On October 27, 2020, he was placed on injured reserve. In seven games played in 2020, Beckham had 23 catches for 319 yards and three receiving touchdowns, as well as three rushes for 72 yards and a rushing touchdown.

Beckham in 2020 season for Cleveland
Goodwill

Beckham has raised funds and awareness for a variety of causes, including cancer research, feeding hungry Americans, hurricane Harvey and severe flood damage, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Beckham's home state of Louisiana experienced major flooding in September 2016. He donated $500,000 from his own jersey sales to help with repairs.

Beckham wore Make-A-Wish Foundation cleats during Week 13 of the 2016 NFL season to raise awareness for the organisation.

In July 2017, Beckham received a message on social media about a nine-year-old boy named Jayro Ponce who was battling cancer. Jayro's favourite player, according to Beckham. He then flew in and spent the day with him, all while raising awareness and funds for Jayro.

Beckham donated $100,000 of his own money to Americares and Samaritan's Purse in September 2017, and the money was used to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Later, he shared a link with the public that would allow people to donate to aid efforts.

Beckham teamed up with ShopRite Partners In Caring and Crest in October 2018 to raise funds for ShopRite's cause of feeding hungry Americans. Crest made a donation to ShopRite for every selfie taken at the event, which was a fan meet-and-greet. In less than 20 minutes, Beckham took 250 selfies.

Beckham posing a picture