Thursday, January 8, 2015

Odell Beckham Jr. to play in Pro Bowl: Report

Odell Beckham Jr. is going to the Pro Bowl.

The Giants' rookie receiver was bumped up from first alternate to team player on Wednesday after Lions receiver Calvin Johnson backed out of the game with an injury.

"It's definitely awesome," Beckham said in a statement. "It's something that means a lot to me, and I'm definitely going to cherish the moment. I'm very excited to be going to the Pro Bowl."

Beckham is the first Giants rookie receiver to appear in the game. He's the first rookie Pro Bowler at any position for the Giants since tight end Jeremy Shockey in 2002.

It caps a record-setting season for Beckham, who had 91 catches for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns despite playing in only 12 games after missing all of training camp. His incredible one-handed catch against the Cowboys is considered by many to be the best play of the 2014 NFL season.

The other wide receivers scheduled to play in the Pro Bowl are Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown, Dallas' Dez Bryant, Cincinnati's A.J. Green, Indianapolis' T.Y. Hilton, Green Bay's Jordy Nelson, Atlanta's Julio Jones and Denver's Demaryius Thomas. 

The game will be played on Jan. 25 in Glendale, Ariz., site of this year's Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1.

"It's exciting just being able to learn from them and see them every day," Beckham said of his fellow Pro Bowlers.

"They are some of the best in the league, and it is definitely going to be an experience that is going to be one to remember."

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