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Giants' Odell Beckham named AP Rookie of the Year

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Could it have been anyone else?

Odell Beckham Jr. on the red carpet Saturday night
Odell Beckham Jr. on the red carpet Saturday night
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Odell Beckham of the New York Giants has been named AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. The coronation took place Saturday night during the NFL Honors ceremony held preceding Super Bowl 49. This is the first time a Giants player has won the award.

Was there ever any doubt this award was going to the Giants' wide receiver? There certainly should not have been after the record-shattering season Beckham had after the Giants selected him 12th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Beckham also won the Bridgestone Play of the Year Award.

By now, you know the numbers by heart -- 91 catches, 1,305 yards, 12 touchdowns. In 12 games! That multiplies out to 121 catches and 1,740 yards over a 16-game season. And he says he was never healthy. Ridiculous!

Beckham set Giants' franchise records for catches and receiving yards by a rookie

Here are just some of the other statistical milestones Beckham hit in an astonishing rookie season:

  • His average of 108.8 yards receiving per game was both a Giants' franchise record and the highest average ever recorded by an NFL rookie.
  • Beckham's 606 yards receiving in December were an NFL record for a rookie in a calendar month. The previous record, 596 yards, was set by Bill in Groman of the Houston Oilers in 1960. Yes, 1960!
  • Beckham led all players in receiving yards in each of his last six games, the longest streak ever by an NFL rookie. The previous record was four straight games by John Jefferson of the Chargers in 1978.
  • In the Giants' last four games, Beckham totaled 130, 143, 148 and 185 yards to become the first player in franchise history with four consecutive 100-yard games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he was the first NFL rookie to accomplish the feat since Pittsburgh's Jimmy Orr in 1958.
  • Beckham had seven total 100-yard games, the most by a rookie since Groman had nine in 1960.
  • Beckham had at least 10 catches in a game four times, the first rookie in NFL history to do that.

Congratulations to Beckham. Giants' fans hope to be watching you do spectacular things for years to come.