LSU Football: Former NFL WR gets real when discussing Odell Beckham Jr

Former LSU Football WR Odell Beckham Jr (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
Former LSU Football WR Odell Beckham Jr (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /

Former LSU football wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr received some big praise from a former NFL wide receiver.

Former LSU football wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr is a polarizing figure in the NFL.

Beckham, who was traded to the Cleveland Browns in 2019 after five seasons with the New York Giants, often draws attention to himself for the wrong reasons.

Whether it’s handing out wads of cash after LSU wins the national championship or getting into an altercation with a kicking net, it’s not always Beckham’s play on the field that gets the most attention.

But despite the extracurricular activities, Beckham is still an absolute stud on the field. He’s one of the most gifted/talented wide receivers in the NFL.

Beckham is so talented, in fact, that former NFL wide receiver Andrew Hawkins used to stop what he was doing in the middle of a game to watch OBJ — something that isn’t common for offensive players.

During a recent appearance on Bussin with the Boys (the podcast hosted by Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Taylor Lewan and former Nebraska linebacker Will Compton), Hawkins said that Beckham is one of the few players that he would go to the sidelines to watch play.

OBJ is just different

“This kid (Beckham) is just different”, said Hawkins, who spent seven seasons in the NFL.

Hawkins went on to discuss the famous one-handed catch that Beckham made against the Dallas Cowboys in 2014, saying it wasn’t “luck”.

“That’s not a lucky catch. There is such a small percentage of receivers that I don’t care how many chances you give them can make that catch. It wasn’t luck,” said Hawkins.

It’s unfortunate that some of OBJ’s antics take away from his play on the field. He’s truly one of the most fun players to watch in the NFL.

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Hopefully Beckham is healthy and ready to go in 2020 (after undergoing offseason surgery), because the NFL is absolutely better when he’s at his best.