Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. has always strived to be the greatest. But the road to his stardom today in the NFL wasn't the easiest.
In an interview with comedian Kevin Hart on his web series, "Cold as Balls," Beckham indulged on his football path from his days at LSU and how it didn't go as planned.
"When I was in college, I wanted to win a national championship," he said. "Made it to the national championship, got blown out. I said I wanted to win a Heisman [Trophy], never came close. Said I wanted to be a top-10 pick, was the 12th pick. So, it was like, now that's the only thing I had left, I gotta win Rookie of the Year."
For those that recall, Beckham's rookie season didn't start off on the right foot, as he pulled his hamstring in the preseason. It forced him to miss the first four games of the season, and fans were clearly ticked off.
"I get there, 12th pick in New York, then they're doubting me, doubting me," Beckham explained. "Then, I pull my hamstring. Then, I'm in church trying to get right, somebody had the nerve to say, 'You don't need to be in church. You need to be getting your hamstring right.' "
Beckham eventually got that hamstring right, and burst out onto the scene for one of the most memorable rookie campaigns by a Giant in recent memory. He caught 91 receptions for 1,305 yards with 12 touchdowns on his way to winning the 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year title.
And making one of the greatest catches of all time.
"So, I remember the play and I'm just seeing the ball in the air, and it's something I've seen hundreds of times," Beckham said when flashing back to Sunday Night Football against the Cowboys. "Same spin, same thing I've practiced. He [Cowboys DB Brandon Carr] started grabbing me. I use his momentum, throw him off. …The catch of the month, the one-hand catch."
In this wide-range interview, Beckham also talked about his love for soccer, which almost became his sport of choice. He was going to tryout for the U.S. National Team when he was 13, but said it just wasn't in the cards.
"So, soccer was the first sport I played since I was three. When I was about 13 I was going to join the national team but, you know, growing up how we grew up you can't just leave the country and go play another sport. So I stuck with basketball, baseball and football."
Here's what else the star receiver revealed:
- We all know his parents met at LSU, but Beckham said he was actually born on campus.
- His father, Odell Beckham Sr., played football for the Tigers, but he didn't have a teammate as a roommate. Instead, NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal was his roommate.
- Beckham's favorite soccer player growing up was Brazilian star Ronaldinho.