Odell Beckham Jr. continued to dazzle fans during his spectacular rookie season after snagging five catches for 89 yards in his first Pro Bowl Sunday night. But, after setting a New York Giants rookie records with 91 catches for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns, the receiver had some surprising news to share after the game.
"I was never fully healthy for the season," he said. "I was just trying to manage and maintain it the best I could all year. It's still not right. Still working on it, trying to get it 100 percent for next year."
Turns out @OBJ_3 played the whole year with muscle tears in his legs: http://t.co/hLqy1K7tSq pic.twitter.com/8yUf9Xe4qh
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Even with the nagging injury, he put up numbers that likely will be good enough to earn him NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors when the award is presented on the eve of Super Bowl XLIX.
"It was a long recovery process," he said. "It took a while to get back into it. It took a lot of extra rehab day-in and day-out. Just to be able to make it through the season, I was very grateful."
And Beckham said he suffered not one but two hamstring tears.
The first occurred during his first offseason practice and the second took place the week of the next-to-last preseason game. He finally played his first regular-season game on Oct. 5.
"You look at the Colts game [on Nov. 3] and the Philly game [on Oct. 12], every time I went to break away, you can see I'm stumbling," he said. "It's because my hamstring wasn't strong enough to maintain it. It's still something that I'm working on today, and I'll keep working on it throughout the offseason."
Beckham plans to ease off training almost entirely and devote more time to rehabbing his hamstring before getting back into full gear.
"I'm going to have to shut it down for a little bit of time and just rehab," he said. "You build yourself back up and you get back to your running."
If Beckham was that good nursing those lingering injuries, Giants fans can only wonder what greatness lies ahead for him in the future.