Athletic Voice: Defying the odds

By VALERIE TURCIOS

If you watched the 2014 NFL season, then you must be familiar with the name Odell Beckham Jr., 22, wide receiver for the New York Giants. He was the 12th overall pick in the first round of the 2014 draft and soon became the top rookie in the NFL.

At the end of the season, Beckham’s stats were 91 receptions for a total of 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. He scored the Offensive Rookie of the Year award and won Best Play at the 2015 ESPYs.

Beckham was absent the first couple games of the 2014 season due to a hamstring injury and missed all of training camp, but that didn’t stop him.

When a rookie player is out with an injury at the beginning of his NFL career, it’s possible that he will not last long in the NFL, but Beckham defied all odds.

“I fought through so much adversity,” he said. He doesn’t give up.

He is the first wide receiver in NFL history to reach 1,000 yards after missing the season’s first three games. Beckham set the record for most receptions and receiving yards in a player’s first 12 games.

Beckham joined Hall of Famer Michael Irvin as one of the only players with 90-plus receiving yards in nine consecutive games.

The highlight of Beckham’s 2014 season is what some in the NFL call the greatest catch in NFL history.

November 23, 2014 marked a highlight Beckham’s career. After being fouled against the Dallas Cowboys, he caught a one-handed 43-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning.

Commentator Chris Collinsworth “That may be the greatest catch I’ve ever seen,” said one commentator. “That is absolutely impossible what he just did.”

“The catch” wasa big reason that fans voted for Beckham to be on the 2016 cover of Madden.

He believes he can offer more and hopes this isn’t his greatest accomplishment just yet.

“I’m just getting started,” he said.

Beckham missed the Giant’s 2015 offseason program due to a bad hamstring, but he did return for training camp.

“I’d rather be healthy than anything else, I just don’t wanna go through what I had to go through last year,” he said. Currently, Beckham says he is as “healthy as I can be.”

Manning is working closely with Beckham to make the playoffs. They made it to the Super Bowl and defeated the New England Patriots in 2011.

“I’m gonna follow that guy every single day because he knows what it takes to get there,” Beckham said. “He’s been there twice, super bowl MVP twice…”

All fans can do is wait and see.

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