Odell Beckham Jr before fame
Before They Were Famous
Before Odell Beckham Jr signed a 4 year contract with the New York Giants for 10.4 million dollars, with a signing bonus of 5.9 million.
Before he would have an unreal rookie year in just 12 games, with 91 passes caught for 1300 yards, 12 touchdowns and took home the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
Before Odell Beckham Jr got up-close and personal with Khloe K’s assets, sparking rumours that the two were dating.
Before he was rubbing shoulders with the likes of LeBron James, Drake, David Beckham and even Anna Wintour.
Odell Beckham Jr was the son of two Louisiana state varsity athletes. His father played football for the Tigers, while his mom was a sprinter, pregnant with Odell during her training for the 92 Olympics. She brought around her little star to all her classes at Louisiana State University, and from the age of 4, Odell knew he was going to be in the NFL.
Odell Beckham Jr was born on November 5, 1992 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Both his parents were star athletes at Louisiana State University. His father, Odell Beckham Sr, was a running back for the Tigers, and his mother, Heather Van Norman, was a sprinter. She was actually pregnant with little Odell while still at school training for the Olympics, but she kept on sprinting well into the pregnancy. After he was born, Heather brought him along to her classes, so the guy was pretty much an honorary Louisiana State star from day one.
It was a no-brainer that Odell would become an athlete, but his parents were surprised at how soon he took to it. By the age of 4 he was playing with footballs around the house and practicing for Sundays. When they asked him what he wanted to be he said, “I’m going to be in the NFL!”.
But it wasn’t just football the little guy excelled at. He was a talented soccer player and looked up to another famous Beckham as his childhood hero.
His coach encouraged him to go for the national junior team but that would have meant spending a lot of time overseas, something Odell wasn’t interested in doing.
He went to Isidore Newman School, whose alumni include the Manning boys, and Odell quickly made the varsity football, basketball and track teams. With such a versatile set of skills, Odell proved to be every bit of the athlete his parents were, and then some.
In basketball he was the all-district selection in both his junior and senior years, and in track and field competed in long jump, 200 meter dash, and 100 and 200 meter relay teams.
But it was football that proved to be Odell’s calling. Initially he played quarterback, running back, corner back and wide receiver, but knew he needed to pick a position he could become NFL caliber at. His buddy wanted to be quarterback, so Odell opted for receiver instead.
Drawn towards the high level of precision running the position needed, he started running his routes obsessively. While studying other greats like Victor Cruz of the New York Giants and DeSean Jackson of the Washington Redskins, he picked up on some valuable skills.
He had an impressive junior year on the team, then surpassed it in his senior year with 19 touchdowns and 50 catches for over 1000 yards, a feat matched only by Cooper Manning years earlier. He was awarded offensive MVP.
At the end of his high school career Odell was the #6 wide receiver and #40 overall player in the country. When it came time to choose which University he would play for, he went down the same road his father did, and joined the Louisiana Tigers at LSU.
For his freshman year in 2011 he was put in for just 9 of their 14 games, but proved himself to be a force on the field. The next year he played in 12 of the 13 games.
In 2013 he teamed up with Jarvis Landry and together they became one of the best wide-receiver partnerships college football had ever seen. Then in a 2013 game against the University of Alabama, Beckham pulled a move that would catch everyone’s attention.
That year Beckham won the Paul Hornung Award, an honor reserved for the most versatile talent in major college football. When it was time for the NFL draft in 2014, Beckham was the New York Giant’s first round pick and twelfth overall.
So there’s a lesson in setting goals for all of you, just like he told mom and dad when he was 4 years old, Odell Beckham JR made it to the NFL, and the rest of the story, you know it because this is before they were famous.
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