Loading...

MORE THAN JUST

"THE CATCH"

An interactive look at Odell Beckham Jr.'s record-breaking
rookie season. "The Catch" elevated him to national stardom,
but his story goes much deeper than that. The wide
receiver’s journey begins at the NFL Scouting Combine...

Scroll Down

NFL SCOUTING COMBINE

February 23, 2014

After building a reputation as one of the most dynamic players in LSU history, Odell Beckham Jr. declares for the 2014 NFL Draft and participates in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, where he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds and has a vertical jump of 38.5 inches.

LSU PRO DAY

April 9, 2014

More than 150 representatives from NFL teams attend LSU’s pro day in Baton Rouge to see 17 players, including wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. LSU would go on to lead the nation with nine players selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.

LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham runs the 40-yard dash at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, on February 23, 2014.

THE JOURNEY BEGINS

BY DAN SALOMONE | MAY 8, 2014

The New York Giants set out on a collision course with Odell Beckham Jr. after the team finishes 7-9 in 2013 and holds the 12th overall pick in the upcoming draft. With new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo onboard, the offense is being revamped, and another weapon is just what the team needs.

Beckham, whether he knows it or not, adds himself to the Giants’ short list when he declares for the 2014 NFL Draft.

The LSU product then participates in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, where he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds and has a vertical jump of 38.5 inches.

Beckham and scouts cross paths again in April at LSU’s pro day in Baton Rouge, where more than 150 representatives from NFL teams evaluate 17 players, including Beckham and eight other future draft picks.

So when it comes time on May 8, 2014 -- the first day of the 2014 NFL Draft -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reads Beckham’s name and calls him onto the stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. That’s when the wide receiver officially becomes a Giant.

Tears immediately fill the eyes of the 5-foot-11, 198-pound Louisiana native, whose mother Heather Van Norman, a former sprinter at LSU, accompanies him as the whirlwind begins.

From the green room to the red carpet and the ensuing press junket, there is a lot to absorb in the ensuing hours and days after being drafted in the first round.

Now Beckham is living it.

He is the third wide receiver to be drafted in what becomes one of the most productive rookie classes at the position in recent memory. Beckham already has a leg up and hits the ground running because of a prior relationship with his future quarterback, Eli Manning. In New Orleans Beckham attended Isidore Newman School, the alma mater of the Manning brothers.

Go inside the Giants draft room as they prepare to draft Odell Beckham Jr. on “Finding Giants”.

Odell Beckham Jr. walks on stage after being selected by the Giants during the 2014 NFL Draft.

From the red carpet to the stage at Radio City Music Hall and the ensuing whirlwind, Giants.com takes you behind the scenes of Odell Beckham Jr.’s draft experience.

Meanwhile, back at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, coach Tom Coughlin comes down from the draft room to address the media following the selection.

“This was one of those deals where you speculate right away as to how they’re going to come off the board. There were a couple of things up there that looked like we had a chance to get the players that we wanted in position there and so when we had the opportunity to pick Beckham we were certainly excited about doing that.”

The fans are just as anxious to see what Beckham can bring to the table as message boards and social media sites light up over the Giants’ latest draft pick.

In the meantime, the team gains perhaps its biggest fan. Legendary NBA big man and “uncle” Shaquille O’Neal converts from a Cowboys fan and declares that he bleeds blue now that Beckham is on the team. Beckham’s father played running back at LSU while O’Neal was there on the basketball team from 1989 until 1992, the year Odell Jr. was born.

“Congratulations,” says O’Neal, a 2014 College Basketball Hall of Fame inductee and a native of Newark, N.J., during a TNT broadcast. “I used to be a Cowboys fan. Now I’m a Giants fan.”

Legendary NBA big man Shaquille O’Neal declares himself a Giants fan shortly after the team drafts the fellow LSU product.

ARRIVAL AT GIANTS TRAINING FACILITY

May 13, 2014

Beckham and his fellow rookies report to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center and jump right into the middle of the Giants’ offseason workout program. The Giants equipment staff fits Beckham for his helmet, uniform, cleats, and the gloves that everyone would be talking about in the months to come.

ORGANIZED TEAM ACTIVITIES

June 5, 2014

A sign of things to come, Beckham sits out the sixth practice of organized team activities with a sore hamstring. At the time, coach Tom Coughlin says:

“He may be longer than [one day]. I don’t know. You’re talking about a skilled athlete with a little twinge, so he may be longer than that.”

Wearing his new team colors, Beckham reaches for a pass during Giants minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, N.J.

MINICAMP

BY DAN SALOMONE | June 17, 2014

"Comfortable” is not a term in Tom Coughlin’s vocabulary.

The Giants’ head coach is anything but that in preparing a team for a grueling season ahead, especially when a hamstring sidelines his first-round draft choice.

It’s not any easier on Odell Beckham Jr.’s side, either. He’s like any other rookie and must establish himself on the depth chart. But his injury already has him behind the eight ball.

Compounding the matter is that the new class must jump right into the middle of the offseason program with established veterans as Coughlin decides not to hold a rookie camp because of the late draft date.

“[Odell] is still locked in,” says fellow wide receiver Victor Cruz, who is now the longest-tenured player in the position group. “In the meeting rooms he’s still doing what he has to do, still knows all of his plays, still knows what’s being asked of him and that’s all you can ask for right now until he gets back out there and gets healthy.”

But there is no guarantee when that will happen. Beckham opens the three-day mandatory minicamp limited to individual drills.

“You’ve got to find a better word. ‘Comfortable’ is not a good word,” Coughlin says on June 17, the first day of minicamp. “I’d like to have him practicing. That’s how you learn – you practice. He’s done all of the studying, he’s good in the classroom, but he’s got to get out here. ”On the second day, Beckham does just that.

Estimating himself at “85 percent” capacity, Beckham’s hamstring improves to the point where he receives permission to increase his workload.

The missing 15 percent seems negligible as he provides the day’s highlight with a leaping touchdown catch thrown by quarterback Ryan Nassib during the team portion of practice.

A rookie like anyone else, Beckham is seen carrying the helmets of veterans after practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

In the brief time that Beckham is able to practice, he flashes what is to come and catches a touchdown during minicamp in East Rutherford, N.J

“It was good to just be able to run around, just to try to be able to make plays for this team again running around and getting back on that hamstring,” Beckham says. “Once I warmed up, I started moving around and it felt a lot better. It felt good to finally be able to run around and feel somewhat comfortable

Beckham breaks minicamp optimistic that his hamstring will continue to improve before the team reports to training camp at the end of July.

In between, Beckham makes up for lost time and hooks up with his quarterback during the Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La.

“We went over a lot of the plays and signals,” Beckham recalls at the start of camp. “There was a bunch of other guys and quarterbacks there. We got as many reps in as we can. It being his camp he kind of skipped the line a few times and ran a couple extra routes. It was fun being able to be back home and work out with him.”

Beckham sneaks a smile as he answers question after question, day after day, about when the first-round draft choice will be 100 percent.

TRAINING CAMP BEGINS

July 22, 2014

On the opening day of training camp, Beckham pulls up on a passing route, aggravating the hamstring soreness that he had in the spring. Beckham misses the next three practices.

JUGS MACHINE

July 29, 2014

Frustration mounts internally and externally, leading to a player-coach meeting between Beckham and Coughlin. “He wants me out there as bad as I want to be out there,” Beckham says at the time. In the meantime, Beckham catches simulated passes from a JUGS machine to stay sharp.

SEASON OPENS (INACTIVE LIST)

September 8, 2014

As the Giants approach their season opener, it becomes more and more likely that Beckham will not suit up for the game. Beckham does not make the team trip to Detroit, and finds himself on the inactive list for the first four games, raising questions as to whether this will be a lost season.

Preaching Patience

September 21, 2014

In the era of social media, the modern athlete sees and hears it all. On a daily basis, “fans” pepper Beckham with questions and comments about his return, which is not clear at the time. However, his wait would soon be over as the Giants rally for consecutive wins over Houston and Washington, setting up a possible debut in Week 5 against Atlanta.

Beckham goes up for his first NFL touchdown catch against Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford in a Week 5 victory, the Giants’ third in a row.

THE DEBUT

BY DAN SALOMONE | OCTOBER 4, 2014

The wait ends. And so does the weight. The first days, weeks, and months as an NFL rookie are supposed to be full of excitement, the realization of a lifelong dream and goal to one day play at the highest level in a profession.

But instead, they are a race against the clock for Odell Beckham Jr., a period of frustration, angst, criticism, second-guessing, and, not to mention, physical pain from an injury as he witnesses his team dig an early hole for itself.

But, oh, how things can change in a hurry. The hamstring tells him Oct. 5 could be the day. It’s still not 100 percent, but it is almost time. The debut is just about set. The season may not be lost before it begins.

Beckham practices all week leading up to the Giants’ Week 5 home game against the Atlanta Falcons, but the training staff still lists him as questionable heading into Sunday. On Friday, coach Tom Coughlin says, “The young man wants to play and he’s here for that purpose. We’re just going to have to put all the evidence together when the time comes.”

Reporters ask Beckham if he will play, to which he responds, “That is the plan.” That plan, that vision, that objective, all finally become reality on game day when he suits up and makes his premiere one to remember.

Beckham, hand over heart, stands for the national anthem at MetLife Stadium before making his much-anticipated NFL debut in front of the home crowd.

Beckham goes up for his first NFL touchdown catch against Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford in a Week 5 victory, the Giants’ third in a row.

The rookie out of LSU catches a go-ahead, 15-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning with 10:02 remaining in the fourth quarter, leading to a 30-20 victory that gives the Giants a winning record for the first time in 92 weeks.

The touchdown is one of four catches Beckham records on the day for 44 yards. It’s the start of what becomes the most prolific campaign by a rookie receiver in franchise history, ultimately leaving president and chief executive officer John Mara to say at the end of the season that he hasn’t been this excited about a first-year player since 1981, when the Giants drafted the great Lawrence Taylor.

During his postgame press conference, Beckham describes the emotions of getting the first game under his belt and off his chest.

In the meantime, there is work to do. “With Odell, he came in and made some great plays for us,” Manning says in his postgame remarks.

“He had a couple catches, some good things, a big touchdown, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do. We’re really only on four days of practice together, so a lot of routes we have not thrown. The touchdown route – we have never thrown that route in practice, so we’ve got to get in practice and get on the same page with the timing of things, so I can understand his body movement, his feet, and everything that he can do so that we can be on the same page.”

Beckham finishes the game with 4 catches for 44 yards.

Beckham raises his index finger in victory as he salutes the crowd and runs off the field to join his teammates in the winning locker room.

A GIANT LOSS – CRUZ GOES DOWN

October 12, 2014

While leaping for a pass in the end zone during the Giants’ Week 6 game in Philadelphia, Victor Cruz tears the patellar tendon in his right knee, and the team loses its leading receiver for the rest of the season. Beckham plans to step up to fill the void.

TWO AGAINST THE COWBOYS

October 19, 2014 at Dallas

In his inaugural trip to AT&T Stadium as a professional, Beckham records his first career multi-touchdown game with two against the NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys. It would be his first of four such games as a rookie.

FACING THE BEST

November 5, 2014

Beckham’s competitive side comes out during a conference call with Giants beat reporters leading up to Big Blue’s road test against the defending champion Seattle Seahawks and their vaunted secondary. “These are the games you live to play for, the moments you live to play for, to go against the best of the best, to go against Richard Sherman, the Seattle Seahawks and the L.O.B [Legion of Boom],” Beckham says.

EARNING RESPECT

November 9, 2014 at Seattle

When it comes time for the game, Sherman, an All-Pro cornerback, leaves his usual post on the left side of the field and exclusively tracks Beckham for much of the day. Beckham goes on to record his second straight 100-yard game, and the two meet on the field after the final whistle as a show of respect. There -- and in his postgame comments -- Sherman calls Beckham a “great player.”

Beckham launches his season into another stratosphere with a one-handed touchdown catch over Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr during a Week 12 NFC East matchup.

THE CATCH

BY MICHAEL EISEN | November 23, 2014

Odell Beckham Jr. crafted a long list of accomplishments in his extraordinary rookie season, but none was as memorable as becoming the first person in history to set the internet on fire while falling backwards.

The Giants’ record-setting wide receiver achieved that singular distinction on Nov. 23 in MetLife Stadium against the Dallas Cowboys. On the first play of the second quarter, the Giants had a first down on the Dallas 43-yard line. Eli Manning took the snap and retreated to the Giants’ 48, where he threw a long pass down the right sideline.

Beckham was mugged by cornerback Brandon Carr but managed to leap back, throw up his right arm and somehow, someway, secure the ball with only three fingers.

The instant reaction was disbelief, as 82,500 fans in attendance and tens of millions watching NBC’s national telecast of the Sunday night game collectively asked, “Did he just do that?”

Yes, he did. Beckham made what was instantly considered perhaps the greatest catch in NFL history, primarily rivaled by David Tyree’s famous helmet grab in Super Bowl XLII. Within seconds, analyst Cris Collinsworth – a former eight-year NFL wide receiver whose 417 career catches did not include one nearly as spectacular, said, “That may be the greatest catch I've ever seen. You have to be kidding me! That is impossible. That is absolutely impossible what he just did.”

Seemingly, the entire country agreed. Millions chimed in, taking their cue from Victor Cruz and the King himself, LeBron James, one of the most famous athletes on the planet. But it didn’t end there.

Shortly after “The Catch,” his Cleveland Cavaliers were in Manhattan for a game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, so the world’s greatest basketball player invited the NFL’s most dynamic young receiver to dine together at the Manhattan restaurant "Carbone."

Beckham dines with NBA superstar LeBron James in NYC after making "The Catch".

Odell sits courtside at the Knicks vs. Cavaliers game at Madison Square Garden.

“Just to be able to meet him and to be able to talk to him and him being able to share some words was a good time.”

It’s easy to guess one topic of conversation at the dinner table.

“He talked about the play and wanted to see how big my hand was,” Beckham said. “For that to be my favorite athlete and to be able to sit down as civilized people and have dinner and conversation, it was nice.”

If that weren’t enough, King James had Beckham sit courtside as his guest for the game at “The World’s Most Famous Arena.” But then Beckham really had to pinch himself when the icon of all sports icons reached out a few weeks later.

NBA legend Michael Jordan, the face of the Nike brand, which includes Beckham, struck up a conversation via text messages. The two discussed what it takes to get to Jordan’s level on the field – or court – of play and beyond.

The fire spread beyond the football world as NBA and Major League Baseball players, and celebrities in other fields, all concurred that Beckham had performed a feat never before seen on an athletic field. The list included Elizabeth Banks, Matt Lauer, Josh Elliot, John Cusack, Bryce Harper and American League MVP Mike Trout.

Soon the memes began to appear, as the image of Beckham bending backward was photoshopped into dozens of photos, some of them truly hysterical. There was Beckham catching an errant first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game. He was suddenly in the movie, “Dirty Dancing,” posing with Kim Kardashian or dancing with a troupe of ballerinas. Beckham even appeared on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, his outstretched hand taking its place in the Creation of Adam.

It seemed that only those who know Beckham best were unimpressed with his catch. Tennessee Titans quarterback Zack Mettenberger, who threw passes to Beckham at LSU, said, “He's had better,” while noting Beckham routinely caught passes with just one hand in college. “If you could get your hands on some of the practice film from LSU, you would see what I'm talking about,” Mettenberger said.

Beckham was mildly enthralled with his miracle catch, but expects to top it in the future.

Social Buzz

LEBRON JAMES:

VICTOR CRUZ:

RICHARD SHERMAN:

CRIS CARTER:

PETER KING:

Adam Schefter:

NBC SPORTS:

Tyrann Mathieu:

MICHAEL IRVIN:

ELIZABETH BANKS:

MATT LAUER:

JOSH ELLIOTT:

JOHN CUSACK:

BYRCE HARPER:

MIKE TROUT:

KURT WARNER:

EMMITT SMITH:

ANDRE REED:

PEPSI ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

November 28, 2014

In the game that includes “The Catch,” Beckham records 10 receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys to earn his first weekly award.

Rookie of the Month

December 4, 2014

Beckham leads the NFL with 593 receiving yards in November. His 38 catches in the month are the second most in the league and the most by a rookie.

PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

December 8, 2014

The Pro Football Hall of Fame acquired the game-worn No. 13 jersey from "The Catch" this week and put it on display for all visitors to see in Canton, Ohio.

The show before the show: Beckham dazzles fans and photographers with his pregame practice routine of making one-handed catches thrown from all angles.

Pregame Star

BY DAN SALOMONE

“The Catch” by Odell Beckham Jr. generated an unthinkable reaction and stirred up barstool debates about whether it is a better catch than David Tyree’s helmet grab in Super Bowl XLII.

But it might not even top the rookie’s personal highlight reel. For that, you’ll have to geaux to his practice footage. Long before the nation cast its spotlight on Beckham, the LSU football team witnessed day in and day out what he could do with a football that was thrown anywhere in his general direction.

That’s why if you ask any of the Tigers who played with him, they shrug off “The Catch” and say they’ve seen better. Been there, done that.

“Trust me,” Beckham’s college teammate and current Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger said, “if you can get your hands on some of the practice film at LSU, you could see just how freaky some of the catches are he has made in the past.”

Giants.com did just that and obtained footage from some of their practices down in the Bayou.

LSU teammates and future NFL draft picks Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry challenged each other to one-handed catching competitions during college practices.

In practice video obtained from the LSU Athletic Department, you see why none of his college teammates or coaches are surprised by “The Catch.” He made similar, if not better, ones on a daily basis in Baton Rouge, La.

As you can see, practice makes perfect. It all started with Beckham and his wide receiver counterpart Jarvis Landry. The story goes, with Mettenberger, coach Les Miles, and the rest of the LSU team looking on, they would throw errant passes at each other, daring the other by saying, “You’re definitely not going to catch it.”

And more times than not, they both would, be it by the skin of a fingertip or the contortion of the body. Sound familiar?

Practice makes perfect: Fans make sure they arrive early at the stadium to catch Beckham’s dazzling display of one-handed grabs during pregame routines in the end zone.

Beckham brought this routine to the NFL, where he warmed up in the end zone prior to games. And instead of Landry, who was drafted by the Dolphins in the second round, Beckham now has Giants assistant equipment manager Ed Skiba throw him passes high, low, wide, and everything in between, forcing him to make a difficult stab at the ball.

As Beckham’s notoriety grew on a weekly basis, so did this pregame ritual. One by one, every photographer, cameraman, and anyone close enough to grab a shot with a cellphone migrated to the left corner of the end zone to watch the show. And then, shortly after, it would be time for kickoff.

GIANTS RECORD BREAKER

December 14, 2014 vs. Washington

With 12 catches for 143 yards and three touchdowns against Washington, Beckham increases his season total to 972 yards, breaking tight end Jeremy Shockey’s franchise rookie record of 894 receiving yards, which he set in 2002. Beckham earns his second Pepsi Rookie of the Week Award.

ANOTHER RECORD BROKEN

December 21, 2014 at St. Louis

A week after setting the team rookie record in receiving yards, Beckham surpasses another Shockey mark of 74 receptions as he hauls in another eight passes for 148 yards and two scores in a spirited victory over St. Louis. Beckham wins his second straight and third overall Pepsi Rookie of the Week Award.

TIES NFL RECORD

December 28, 2014 vs. Philadelphia

Beckham puts an exclamation point on his rookie campaign, racking up 12 catches for a season-high 185 yards and a touchdown in the season finale against Philadelphia. In the process, Beckham joins Hall of Famer Michael Irvin as the only players in NFL history with nine consecutive games of at least 90 receiving yards. Beckham earns his third consecutive and fourth overall Pepsi Rookie of the Week Award.

Beckham swaps jerseys with Cowboys All-Pro wide receiver Dez Bryant. It is a sign of respect the rookie shares with the game’s best players throughout the season. (Photo Courtesy: Dallas Cowboys)

JERSEY EXCHANGE

BY DAN SALOMONE

Mixed with the red, white, and blue tones in Odell Beckham Jr.’s locker are shades of gold, silver, burgundy, black, and even something called Action Green. Those are the uniform colors worn by a few of the Giants’ opponents in 2014, and the jerseys hang or sit folded there after making their way from postgame exchanges. From Colin Kaepernick to Dez Bryant, DeSean Jackson, Jordan Matthews, Tavon Austin, Tre Mason and Richard Sherman, Beckham has them all. And they have his.

A ritual common in the world of soccer, the jersey swap made its way to the other sport called football. Beckham embraced the show of respect in his terrific rookie season, seeking out or being sought by opponents after the final whistle blew and the clock turned to triple zeroes. An autograph and a photo often accompany the exchange, as well as a few words, before the players run back to their respective locker rooms.

"It's usually one of those things where you talk to a guy after the game, 'What's up? Do you want to trade jerseys?' " Beckham said. "It's just a way of you remembering the game and another player that you respect. It's that type of thing . . . You see it in the NFL a lot more now." For example, as Beckham recalled his meeting with Kaepernick, the San Francisco quarterback told him:

And Beckham did just that. He went on to pick up back-to-back Offensive Rookie of the Month honors to close the season, breaking franchise and league rookie records along the way. Now there is a hint of Big Blue in San Francisco, St. Louis, Dallas, Washington, Philadelphia, and Seattle to commemorate it.

Redskins WR DeSean Jackson

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews

Rams RB Tre Mason

PRO BOWL DRAFT

January 21, 2015

It’s a rare feat to be drafted twice in one year. But thanks to the new pro bowl format, Odell Beckham Jr. does just that. The rookie wide receiver is taken fourth overall by Team Irvin in the 2015 Pro Bowl Draft, held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in advance of the annual NFL All-Star Game.

Pro Bowl Practice

January 22-24, 2015

Beckham reports for three days of Pro Bowl practices in Arizona, where Giants.com wires him for sound and straps a GoPro camera to his chest as he dazzles his peers and fans alike with his renowned one-handed grabs.

SUPERSTARS EYE BECKHAM

January 23, 2015

With the best in the game all gathered in one place, Beckham remains a cut above in Arizona. His peers, his coaches, and his fans want to see and talk about the man who made “The Catch.”

Pro Bowl

January 25, 2015

Odell Beckham Jr. doesn’t always make two-handed catches. But when he does, they too are highlights. The Giants rookie wide receiver adds one to his reel during the second quarter of the 2015 Pro Bowl and lays out for a 48-yard reception. Beckham finishes the game with five receptions for 89 yards.

GUINNESS WORLD RECORD

January 29, 2015

Partnering with Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Odell Beckham Jr. sets a new Guinness World Record by making 33 one-handed catches in 60 seconds during a live ESPN broadcast from Arizona, home of Super Bowl XLIX.

Beckham’s season culminates in winning the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Award at NFL Honors, a prime-time special the night before Super Bowl XLIX.

offensive ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Michael Eisen, Dan Salomone | January 31, 2015

Early in the 2014 NFL season, it seemed Odell Beckham Jr.’s rookie year was going nowhere. Instead, he took it to places no first-year wide receiver had ever inhabited.

Beckham capped his extraordinary debut season when he was named the Associated Press’ Offensive Rookie of the Year, the first Giants player to be so honored in the 58-year history of the award. He is the franchise’s first Rookie of the Year since Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor won the defensive award in 1981. Beckham is the first wide receiver to be named Offensive Rookie of the Year since 2009, when Percy Harvin, then with Minnesota, won the award. The other finalists for the award were Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans and Dallas guard Zack Martin.

Beckham received the award at the Fourth Annual NFL Honors in the Phoenix Convention Center’s Symphony Hall, a short distance from where New England and Seattle played the next day in Super Bowl XLIX. As soon as his name was announced, Beckham hugged his parents, Odell Beckham Sr. and Heather Van Norman, followed closely by his teammate and friend, Victor Cruz.

“To look in the stands and see my mom and dad there, to see them tearing up and the smile on their face, and to know I made them proud, it’s something that can never be taken away from me,” Beckham said.

Odell poses with Hall of Fame running back and fellow Louisiana native Marshall Faulk at NFL Honors.

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and model Chrissy Teigen present the award for AP Offensive Rookie of the Year to Odell Beckham Jr. at NFL Honors.

Reduced to a 12-game season, Beckham caught 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns, all franchise rookie records. He is the first wide receiver in NFL history to reach 1,000 yards after missing the season’s first three games - and he sat out the first four. Beckham set NFL records for most catches and yards in the first 12 games to start a career.

Meanwhile, Beckham’s rookie campaign didn’t pace only the 2014 NFL Draft Class or the 90 years of Giants football. It stacks up there with the best in the history of the league.

Randy Moss’ 1998 debut season with the Minnesota Vikings is one of the most prolific performances the game has ever seen by a rookie. Earning the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Award 16 years before Beckham, Moss set the rookie record with 17 touchdown receptions as Minnesota scored a then-NFL record 556 points.

Below you’ll see that Beckham holds up to Moss, which is impressive given the time he missed. If you prorated Beckham’s numbers to 16 games, he would have totaled 121 catches for 1,740 yards and 16 touchdowns.

But now comes the encore.

Beckham will try to follow up a rookie season for the ages, just like Moss did when he went on to record 982 receptions for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns over 14 seasons that will surely land him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After proving he was more than just “The Catch,” Beckham sets out to show he’s more than "Year One."

In addition to Offensive Rookie of the Year, Beckham also accepts the award for Play of the Year at NFL Honors.

Comparison

2014

Rookie Year

1998

12

Games

16

12

TOUCHDOWNS

17

91

RECEPTIONS

69

1,305

Receiving Yards

1,313

108.8

YDS/G

82.1

7.6

REC/G

4.3