After a Monday Night Football win over the Cincinnati Bengals last November, Odell Beckham Jr. told reporters the New York Giants were looking forward to Super Bowl LI. While Big Blue fell short of those lofty aspirations, Beckham will indeed be in Houston for the big game — as an analyst for ESPN.
Beckham, along with Rex Ryan, will join co-host Suzy Kolber and Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young at NRG Stadium this Sunday for ESPN’s Postseason NFL Countdown special (11 a.m. - 2 p.m. ET).
There won’t be any spectacular one-handed receptions and you won’t see OBJ turning short slant routes into long touchdowns. You may, however, see one of Beckham’s top attributes on full display: his elusiveness.
The Miami boat trip, punching a hole through a visitor’s locker room wall at Lambeau, losing a ring at a N.Y. strip club (allegedly) — you name it, Beckham did it, and it became a big story in 2016-2017.
Beckham has not spoken publicly since after the Giants’ season-ending loss to the Green Bay Packers last month. The hope of many is that he’ll address a few of the stories revolving around him during his ESPN appearance.
If you’re waiting on anything salacious or revealing from Beckham, hopefully you aren’t holding your breath. For as passionate as he is about football, OBJ is usually rather reserved speaking on matters which pertain to his off-the-field exploits.
And that’s perfectly fine. Beckham will only demonstrate the maturity Jerry Reese is looking for through time and action. Trying, uncomfortably, to say all the right things for three hours won’t sway his most ardent critics.