Odell Beckham Jr is a professional American football superstar who plays for the NFL team Cleveland Browns. Odell since the entry into NFL has been a controversial personality due to his behaviour on and off the pitch, but it might be what fuels his productivity and superb plays. He is a player with lots of flairs, well known for interceptions and touchdowns. Let’s jump right in as we analyze the rise of this American Football star in our Odell Beckham Jr biography facts, childhood and personal life.

Odell Beckham Jr Biography facts

Full Name:Odell Cornelius Beckham Jr
Nickname:Odell Mysterio; ODB
Born:November 5, 1992 (age 26)
Place of Birth:Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Nationality:American
Occupation:American Football (NFL) Player
League:NFL
Current Team:Cleveland Browns
Position:Wide receiver
Strong Arm:Right
Jersey Number:13
Playing Career:2014-present
Net Worth:$25 Million
Height:1.8m
Weight:90kg (198 lbs)
Wingspan:2.03m
Education:Isidore Newman School, (New Orleans, Louisiana); Louisiana State University
Parents:Odell Beckham Sr (father); Heather Van Norman (mother)
Siblings:Kordell Beckham (brother); Jasmine Beckham (sister)
Partner:Polyxeni Ferfeli (girlfriend)
Children:N/A
Zodiac Sign:Scorpio

Odell Beckham Jr Childhood & Early Life

Odell was birthed at Baton Rouge, Louisiana and had his high school study at Isidore Newman school New Orleans.

Odell Beckham Jr as a baby
Childhood photo of Odell Beckham Jr. (Image: Pinterest)

Odell Beckham Jr American Football Career

High School Career

He started playing football from his junior years, raking in numbers as a junior and as a senior, making touchdowns, catching passes and accumulating yards all over. He was listed in the 2011 Times-Picayune Blue Chip roll and also Louisiana’s All-State First Team, District Offensive MVP, among many others.

Odell Beckham Jr as a soccer kid
Odell Beckham Jr played soccer as a kid. (Image: nydailynews.com)

American Football was not the only sport Odell was good at. He played basketball, participated in running and jumping as well, even went on to win silver in the Newman Invitational 2010 edition with his all-time jump of 6.83 metres. He also played Soccer and he is a huge fan of soccer legend who is also his namesake David Beckham. He got chances to try out soccer with the junior national team program but he declined in other to participate in other sports home since that was going to take him away and restrict him to soccer for the most part.

College Career

Being a Freshman at Louisiana State University in 2011, Odell participated as a starter for 9 out of 14 games. His debut game was on 3rd of September same year in a match against Oregon Ducks. His first touchdown was against West Virginia Mountaineers with a 52yard reception from teammate Jarett Lee on 24th of September. In his freshman season, he was able to get in the all-SEC selection for freshmen, scoring 41 receptions and two touchdowns.

In his Sophomore year, he got 12 starts of 13 games. The opening match was good for him as he had over 100 yards against Towson Tigers on the 29th of September. The season finished with him being the team leader for receiving yards and then second for receptions.

During his Junior year in 2013, he blended with Jarvis Landry to be one of the very best wide receiver pair in college football. Early September, In a game against UAB, Odell Jr picked 5 receptions, spanning 136 yards with 3 touchdowns. He got his career high receiving yards of 179 with 2 touchdowns in a game against Mississippi State on the 5th of October. He garnered some awards that season that includes being named in the All southern conference first and second team and won the 2013 edition of Paul Hornung award for being the most versatile player in college level football. He decided to forfeit his senior year and opted for the 2014 draft.

Professional career

New York Giants (2014–2019)

Odell Beckham was picked by the NFL team New York Giants as 12th in the total pick in the 1st round of the 2014 NFL draft. He picked up a hamstring injury before the season started which led to him missing the most parts of the training camp, the preseason games and also the 1st four games of the season. But he was able to make his debut by October 2014 in a game against Atlanta Falcons where he scored a touchdown and picked 4 receptions over 44 yards. His stats and numbers continued to rise as the season went on. November 23 he made a spectacular catch with one hand while falling backwards for a touchdown, it went on to be named catch of the year. The jersey he wore for the catch was put on display in the game against Dallas by the Pro football hall of fame.
Odell Beckham finished November creating an NFL rookie record for a month while breaking two rookie records for 5 straight games with more than 90 yards receiving in a single season and even extended the record to 6 games.
By December 14, Odell Beckham became the first NFL newbie to make at least twelve catches over 140 yards and 3 touchdowns. Beckham went ahead to smash a whole lot of NFL rookie records and setting a lot more, he also garnered awards that season like the Offensive Rookie of the year graced the cover of NFL Madden and was the youngest player ever to do so.

In 2015, Beckham continued his star-studded gameplays, picking over 100 receiving yards in 6 straight games, season high of 166 yards. The season didn’t come without some aggression hurdles. He conceded four penalties with three being personal foul, He was suspended by the NFL authorities for a game without wages but went ahead secure career-high numbers and named in Pro Bowl for the second consecutive year.

2016 was another great year for Beckham even as it came with huge fines for misbehaving. He helped his team return to playoffs, got selected for Pro bowl for the third consecutive year and was 8th on players ranking by players for the year.

2017 started with an ankle injury that made him miss the first game week. He got to return in the 2nd game week in a loss against Detroit Lions, picking another injury in game week 5, a fractured left ankle that had to be surgically operated for repair, which kept him off the pitch for the rest of the season.

After the summer break in August 2018, Beckham put pen to paper for a 5-year contract extension worth $95million, $41million outrightly guaranteed. His first game after recovery was a loss to Jacksonville Jaguars, the season wasn’t as great as his previous seasons but he was able to keep his numbers very high.

Odell Beckham Jr of New York Giants
Odell Beckham Jr playing for New York Giants. (Image: The Star)

Cleveland Browns (2019–date)

March 13, 2019, Beckham was swapped with Jabrill Peppers and Dexter Lawrance of Cleveland Browns.

Odell Beckham Jr Personal Life

  • Beckham has two siblings, Kordell his younger brother and Jasmine his younger sister.
  • His father, Odell Beckham Sr, was a running back during his high school years at Marshall High School and was featured in Friday Night Lights a book by Buzz Bissinger in 1990.
  • His mother Heather Von Norman is also an alumnus of Louisiana State University where she was a renowned track runner. She ran in national championships, topping indoor and outdoor events. She eventually became a coach of the track and field team of the Nicholas state university.
  • Beckham is currently in a relationship with Polyxeni Ferfeli. He has previously been in relationships with Khloe Kardashian, Amber Rose, Bella Hadid and Iggy Azalea.
  • Odell Beckham Jr is affiliated with lots of sports big names such as David Beckham, LeBron James and his favourite soccer professional player David Alaba of German club side, Bayern Munich.
  • He has raised funds for a number of charities and has been part of different awareness campaigns for a variety of foundations.
  • Beckham is endorsed by Nike with a contract worth $25million, Head and Shoulders, Lenovo and Foot Locker
  • He also featured in Hollywood productions such as Catching Odell, an episode of Code black.

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