New York Giants Odell Beckham Jr.
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Odell Beckham Jr. is defending his heart and desire to win after he nearly cost the New York Giants a win on Sunday.

Odell Beckham Jr. has a forceful message for all of his critics: don’t question his heart. That’s what the New York Giants star wide receiver told Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

“Nobody should ever question my effort or my heart.”

Well, it’s completely fair to question OBJ’s heart after he opened the door for the Chicago Bears to steal an impossible victory in MetLife Stadium.

Of course, Saquon Barkley, Eli Manning, and the Giant defense led Big Blue to victory in overtime. But it’s impossible to overlook the crucial play (better yet, non-play) Beckham made on the late onside kick.

No one can question Beckham’s desire to be on a winning team—we have all seen his outbursts on the sidelines. But when push comes to shove, Beckham shies away from the contact and shows his true colors.

To be clear, Beckham is one of the best players in the league. There’s no question about it. He is supremely talented and he can be a nightmare for opposing defenses. That being said, one-handed catches are pretty, but they don’t win ball games.

I was in favor of the Giants backing up the Brinks truck for him. He could go down as one of the best wide receivers to ever play the game. But these are the types of plays that will have Giants fans banging their heads against a wall. When push comes to shove, Beckham makes a business decision to let the Bears recover the ball.

He’s a top-notch talent and an incredible player. It’s time for him to stop talking about his “effort” or his “heart” and start showing it on the field. Sunday was the perfect encapsulation of what Odell Beckham Jr. is right now.

He threw for a touchdown (yes, threw) and caught one of his own. He was one of the main reasons that the Giants were in excellent position to win on Sunday. In spite of his standout performance, Beckham was afraid to put himself on the line when it mattered most.

He has a ton of time to write his legacy and throw my concerns out the window. But right now, I’m questioning his heart—big time.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.