Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. said Tuesday that getting his extension was a relief. But while the money is "great," that's now where his focus is.
"I want to be legendary," Beckham said. "My goal has always been to be in the Hall of Fame, to win trophies, to leave a legacy way beyond any money that you make."
After his 2017 season ended early due to a serious ankle injury, Beckham did everything the Giants asked -- impressing co-owner John Mara along the way. Beckham never held out and even attended parts of voluntary team activities while he was in limbo.
"I just wanted to get the contract done," Beckham said. "It's not like it's gonna change the way that I want to play and the way that I want to perform," while adding that "it just was a matter of when. I knew that I was already taken care of before this happened."
Beckham said he doesn't feel any extra responsibility now that he is the highest-paid receiver in the NFL, with the expectations he puts on himself the same if not higher.
On the hiccups along the way, Beckham said he has been "able to take everything that's happened to me and make myself into a man." And he's not worried about being able to return to form after his injury.
"I worked too hard," he said. "I dedicated my entire life to this game. ...yes it was scary when it happened. But now that it's behind me, it feels like there's no worries. There's a weight lifted off my shoulders."