The Curious Case of Odell Beckham, Jr.
Not everyone likes the "outspoken players," for whatever reason, but they happen to be my favorite kind of players. Some people have this assumption that NFL players aren't like us - they don't do the normal things we do because they have this "job" where they play a game for a living. In reality, it's incredibly hard for NFL players (the big stars, at least) do to the same things we do. I won't get into all of that right now, but you get where I'm going with this.
So where does Odell Beckham fit into this? He's outspoken (which I love). He's immature (which I don't love). But who's to say you wouldn't be in the same position as he is if you were in his shoes? You'd like to say that you'd act more mature. That your job will be above all else, that you'd never be caught dead on a boat with your teammates during an off week. You'd be in the film room, you'd be in the weight room.
But at the end of the day, you've had a moment when you've called out of work just because you're hungover but you told them you've been throwing up all night, someone died, you have a fever, etc. We've all done it. I would never do it now, but when I was young, had less responsibilities, and the means to do it - you did.
Now before you say the two things aren't related - before you say that that's no excuse - I agree - when you're that high at your game, you should be giving it your all. You should be working just as hard (if not harder) than the guys at your level.
I love Odell. I just think his time to be immature is running out.
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