Monday, July 6, 2015

Odell Beckham Jr. bemoans being known only for 'The Catch'

Odell Beckham Jr. vaulted into the celebrity stratosphere after the remarkable one-handed catch he somehow hauled in against the Cowboys before a national television audience last season. And after an offseason of showing off his phenomenal athletic skills on social media and getting himself the cover of Madden NFL 16, the Giants' sensitive receiver still thinks his notable rookie season is being defined by one play.

Now, only a few weeks after the second-year Giant was complaining that ribbing from his New York Giants teammates during practice were starting to get under his skin, Beckham is bemoaning the fact that that one catch defined his whole season.

Beckham told ESPN:

"It's unfortunate, in a way, to be known only for 'the catch,'" he said. "There were so many other things I did during the season; it's hard for me to distinguish myself because of that catch. I know that I'm more than that. But at least people know you, you know what I mean?"

During Beckham's breakout 2014 rookie season, he caught 91 passes for over 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns — in only 12 games.

And the most memorable was that catch.

"When I watch it, I'm like, 'Wow, that really happened!' It's still a little crazy to me,” admitted the 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year. "I envisioned myself making some kind of catch in the end zone, but I didn't know exactly what it was going to be ... I knew that I was capable of it, but just seeing it and the reaction to it, it was by far the craziest thing that has ever happened to me."

While ODB obviously rejects the fact that the iconic catch defined his first NFL season, he better get used to it. 

Because NFL defenses — long on memory but, short on cordiality — are definitely not going to let Beckham forget about it. 

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