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Beckham Jr. wins Sporting News Rookie of the Year

The awards keep on coming for Odell Beckham Jr.


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The Giants' sensational rookie wide receiver has already taken home two NFL Rookie of the Month honors as well as the Professional Football Writers of America Rookie of the Year. Now he can add Sporting News NFL Rookie of the Year to his tally.

Beckham has been turning heads around the NFL long before he was drafted in the first round by New York this past May. As a high school sophomore in New Orleans, he was invited to be the workout target of NFL stars Peyton Manning and Beckham's future teammate Eli Manning.

The quarterback family's patriarch, Archie Manning, recalled to TSN how impressive Beckham was at those workouts and gave his take on the wide receiver's first year progress.

"Peyton and Eli were back in town a couple years ago, and went up to Newman to work out. They asked if they could put a couple of receivers out there to throw to. Odell was sophomore then, and Eli said at the time 'This is a pretty good looking little receiver.' I don't think they knew he would be that good."

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"It's a really good story; he misses all the summer work, all of training camp, and then he takes off from the fifth game of the season," Archie Manning said. "He's fast and athletic, but it's those hands. Everyone's seen those phenomenal plays, but out there in warmups, he's out there catching like they were tennis balls."

The Sporting News NFL Rookie of the Year award is chosen by NFL players, coaches, and executives. Beckham is the first ever Giant and the sixth wide receiver to be honored in the award's 60-year history.

Beckham will represent the Giants on Team Irvin this Sunday at the NFL Pro Bowl in Arizona, and is a candidate for the both the fan-decided Pepsi NEXT Rookie of the Year and the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, to be awarded next week ahead of Super Bowl XLIX.

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