New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr, who became famous overnight for an iconic one-handed catch during his 2014 rookie season, recently capitalized on his American fame by participating in an NFL-sponsored trip to England and Germany aimed at spreading the league’s international presence. At only 5’11 and 23 years old, OBJ’s significance to the NFL’s growth is mysterious.
Through one very difficult catch, the 2011 high school graduate already has accumulated rockstar status across the pond reminiscent of all those black-and-white Beatles clips we’ve watched, as you can see here:
Must be nice to be able to walk through a crowd of strangers who can’t even speak the same language as you and be able to stand on top of a random car while said strangers chant your name like you’re a god.
There’s also footage of OBJ on his trip fooling around with a soccer ball with Bayern Munich superstar and fellow alpha male Xabi Alonso. Despite the obvious (and situationally comical) challenge taken on by Alonso, Beckham shines in this bit looking like the more capable soccer player.
I know that won’t be a popular opinion amongst all the soccer snobs out there, but you’re lying to me and yourself if you’d rather have the Spaniard guarding Cristiano Ronaldo in your country’s World Cup final over OBJ.
Despite the NFL’s insistence to report the story, they did not make very clear the purpose of the trip — perhaps it was to show how their players are better than Europe’s athletes at their own sport. Regardless, it looks like OBJ’s blonde hair, million-dollar smile, and sponsor-friendly reputation made it a successful business trip.
…which comes in a close second to that business trip you just took to beautiful Akron..
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