The 8 A.M. Lecture – OBJ

Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) stands on the field prior to the Giants’ game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. The Giants won 19-10. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-268724 ORIG FILE ID: 20170101_mta_sb4_237.JPG

Is Odell Beckham Jr. worth the hassle?


Arguably the most tantalizing talent in the NFL, the New York Giants wide receiver has been such a pain in the neck for his organization that the franchise itself is trying to trade away one of the world’s best athletes. In the off chance that you don’t know who OBJ is, go you youtube and type in something along the lines of “13 ny giant best one handed catch ever”. That should suffice.

Odell has a track record of being a headache, to say the least. Two years ago he took the Giants wide receiving core to a boat party in Miami a week ahead of their first round playoff game. Although in the “personal time”, the decision is one you would have to assume almost no other top tier player would imagine making.

Then comes the kicking / punting net. After a rough game, OBJ took his frustration out on the kicking / punting net, only to lose the fight. He became an overnight internet joke, and tried to solve the issue by proposing to the net a few games later.

Coming off of a major knee injury last season, OBJ has been very vocal about wanting to be the highest paid player in the entire league. He said he is leaning towards not playing a single game until his contract is dealt with.

Although the list could continue, I don’t think it needs to because despite his track record of stupidity, Odell Beckham Jr. is worth all of the hassle. This is a once in a generation talent that can single handedly spark a mediocre offense to greatness. He has been doing that for the Giants for a few years now. Odell is also only 25 years old, and still has 7+ years left in the league.

Odell will be traded, and for a team either on the brink of a Superbowl run or in need or a true ticket selling star, OBJ is worth ALL of the stress. To further this point, see if you can find a single incident where Odell was “the bad guy” in any situation at LSU. This guy was the model citizen up to making the greatest catch of my generation. The equation seems pretty simple. Talent + Charisma x amazing play + New York City = a slightly big ego. Seems easy enough.

Short answer, yes OBJ is COMPLETELY worth that stress of Miami boat parties and max contract wants. Likely landing spots? LA Rams, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills. All have potential draft stock, but to the naked eye only the Rams seem to be able to handle the OBJ mentality due to their recent additions of Such, Talib and Peters. The Browns also have Odell’s college receiving coach, so if anyone can handle the talent it’s a former coach.

Long story short, someone needs to pay up. Also, here’s the video since I know you didn’t Google it.

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