During the New York Giants 21-20 victory on “Monday Night Football,” wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. drew inspiration from another athlete.
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. amazes you the closer you watch. He has made it look easy, catching passes one-handed to emphasize the untapped potential he continues to dip into.
He also has a knack for picking out a source of inspiration, in this case, UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor.
Beckham attended UFC 205 and witnessed what The Notorious was capable of first-hand when he annihilated then Lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez.
So impressed was he, by him, that he came out Monday night and produced a 10 catch night for 97 yards and a touchdown to help the New York Giants defeat the Cincinnati Bengals and move to 6-3. And he feeds off a champion to add to his championship pedigree, via Jordan Raanan of ESPN New York:
“I set the bar high for myself. I kind of had some late inspiration. I went to the UFC fight and I went there to watch McGregor and just a guy who is very strong in his beliefs and sure enough, he backs it up every time. Just sitting there watching him do his thing gave me more motivation,” Beckham explained.
Odell continues to break records in he short time he has been in the league. He became the fastest man to reach 3,500 receiving yards, doing it in 36 games. This outdid the former holder, AFL wideout Lance Alworth of the San Diego Chargers who did his in 37 contests.
Odell also spent time with LeBron James after he won the NBA Championship because he wanted to know what it would take to win a championship. He sought out McGregor because he admires a champion in beast mode.
“I usually go to things like that for inspiration,” Beckham pointed out, “I like seeing guys in their atmosphere.
This is only his third season and he has caught more touchdowns than anyone during that time. The only thing missing from his resume is postseason play, the only stage worthy to fully exercise his special skills. It should be interesting to see who he attracts on the road to greatness.