WR Odell Beckham Jr.
July 28, 2017
Q: What motivated you to say you want to be the highest paid player in the NFL the day before the first practice?
A: Well, it was three days when we filmed it. We were in L.A. training and itís just kind of goals and aspirations that I have. UNINTERRUPTED is a company that I am a partner with that allows you to speak your mind. And itís called UNINTERRUPTED because thereís two minutes and thirty seconds in that video where itís going straight and thereís a lot more information than the one piece that you took out. Thatís why I really use the company UNINTERRUPTED and why Iím happy to be a partner with it. So, really, any questions you have on that, you can go watch on UNINTERRUPTED, on Twitter, or wherever you want to find it. Make sure you find it. Other than that, itís really just something on my mind. Thereís a lot of other things and goals that you have that you want to accomplish, but thatís just one of them.
Q: Do you think being the highest paid player in the NFL is a realistic goal?
A: Itís not really up to me.
Q: How did it feel to be back on the field today?
A: It felt great. It was a little humid, but it wasnít too hot. It was a nice day, nice easy day to get back in the swing of things. Iím looking forward to this season.
Q: When you talk about receiving a large contract, are you talking about just for yourself, or for every player in the league?
A: Everybody. Thatís what you want to do, is you want to change the game. This isnít for me, this isnít for Odell Beckham. This is for everybody in the league, people who deserve it. You sit there and you watch the people in the NBA and itís crazy. Being realistic, itís crazy what [NBA players] are getting. Thereís people in the NFL who deserve that. And I just want to be, if I can be, one of the forefront for it and help push the league, the game that way because I feel like the players deserve it. I feel like we go through a lot, we put ourselves through a lot Ė mentally, physically, emotionally. And they just deserve it. The players in the league deserve it, they work hard for it. So, itís not for me. This is not for me.
Q: Do you think the NFL should be similar to the NBA, where there is a certain max deal a player can receive, regardless of the position they play?
A: I donít really know much about that.
Q: When you say you are fighting for the players, what specifically are you fighting for, with regard to pay?
A: I talked to [Seattle Seahawks Cornerback Richard] Sherman about it. And like I said, the players in the NFL who are doing the things that theyíre doing should be paid more. Itís just that simple. Other than that, I really donít have too many comments on contracts I canít control. Again, it was just a statement that was made on UNINTERRUPTED. So, if you want to check it, go to UNINTERRUPTED, you can find it over there.
Q: When you did the interview on UNINTERRUPTED, did you think that the start of training camp that may not be the best time for it?
A: Doesnít bother me, at all.
Q: Did it go through your mind that your interview on UNINTERRUPTED may be a distraction?
A: I mean, everythingís a distraction that I do. So, speaking, it doesnít really matter. Anything that goes on, itís going to be a distraction. So, me speaking my mind about a question that was asked through a company that I work with, itís a different story. And again, other than that, this is my fourth year in the league, I donít really know about contracts. I donít know how theyíre done, I donít know anything about that. Thatís up to Mr. Reese, Mr. Mara, the Giants, my agent. So, they all figure that out. I just come out here, stretch, run routes, play football, try to be the best teammate I can be every day. And thatís really all I have to say about it.
Q: Is today the first time you talked to Giants Owner John Mara since minicamp?
A: It was the first time Iíve seen him since mandatory minicamp, yeah. And it was just good to see him. Heís got a serious face on, but every time I run up to him and he smiles, heís asking, ĎHow are you doing?í Itís just a good vibe I get from him, so it was good to see him today, itís been awhile.
Q: Have you ever heard the poem ĎIfí that Head Coach Ben McAdoo shared with the team yesterday before and what were your takeaways from it?
A: I donít think I caught the poem. Iíll be sure to go back and read it. For next time, Iíve got you on that question.
Q: Can a non-quarterback become one of the 15 highest paid players in the league?
A: I still donít know. Like I said, itís not really up to me. All I can do is do what I do on the field, control the things I can control and thatís not one of them.
Q: How much do you talk about that with your agent? That thatís what you would like to get done?
A: I really just came here to play football and, like I said, be the very best I can be this year. So, if I have to go out another year and prove myself, thatís just what I have to do. Thatís the position Iím in, thatís all I can do, is go out and play. Canít sit there and worry about, getting a contract or not getting a contract. Honestly, I really donít think Godís plans have ever failed for me. So, whatever is in Him, is in Him, and when that time comes, itíll be there. And I know itíll be there. Whether itís today, tomorrow, or 10 years from now, I donít know.
Q: Why do you think youíre better this season?
A: I just put in a lot of hard work, a lot of time. It was just kind of one of those summers, you know, back when you were in high school and you were going into college, or you just got with college and it was that same grind. You want to make it to the next level and right now, Iím feeling like Iím trying to make it to the next level. So, it was a lot of toe-hurting workouts, your feet were sore after, you needed an ice bath. It was one of those summers where we put in a lot of work. And Iím just ready for this season and to get here with this team, to bond with these guys. We have an incredible group, so it should be a lot of fun.
Q: In regards to your contract, will you just work hard, be the player you can be and be patient until the time comes for a new contract?
A: Thatís all I can do, is to be the very best player I can be, like you said. Just know that in due time, in Godís time, itíll be there. I canít really worry about it. Iím going to come out, work and get better every single day. Prove myself day to day on why I believe what I believe and I think what I think. And thatís it. Everybody has an opinion in the world. Not just this, whatever it is. Everybody has an opinion on something. Thatís not for me to really get caught up on.
Q: Can you talk about your ability to be patient throughout the season for a new contract?
A: I mean, it definitely makes me uncomfortable. But the patient thing, youíve just got to be patient. It is what it is. But shout out to Nike, I appreciate everything, getting a deal done. It definitely was helpful at the right time. Iíve got a family to take care of. Little brothers, sisters, moms. So, thatís what Iím here for, that was my position that God put me in for my family, so Iím just trying to take care of them.
Q: Are you okay with playing out this season and waiting for a new contract after the season?
A: What would you suggest? Like, what do you do? You come out, you go to work and you play.
Q: What about holding out?
A: I donít have time, Iím 24 years old, Iím trying to play football until I canít play football anymore. I canít get caught up. Taking days off, or not playing. [Pittsburgh Steelers running back] LeíVeon [Bellís] in a different situation. Heís been doing this, heís a running back. Their career expectancy is a little shorter, due to stats or whatever, and LeíVeonís a guy whoís proved himself time and time again. Now, I donít play for the Steelers, Iím not an owner, GM, any of that for the Steelers, so I donít control LeíVeonís contract as well. Do I wish and hope that he gets it? Absolutely. I hope LeíVeon gets the highest contract a running backís ever had in the entire history of the NFL. Thatís just what I wish for him, thatís just like a brother of mine, like a guy I respect and I look up to. And itíll just start to transcend the game, start with LeíVeon. So, Iím not here to hold out, Iím here to practice, Iím here to get better each and every day. I feel like I have stuff I can improve on, stuff I need to work on and, really, stuff Iím willing to work on.
Q: Do you have any regrets about what you said, regarding a new contract?
A: I donít regret anything, ever, ever in life. One quote I always read is, Ďnever regret anything because at one point in time, itís exactly what you wantedí. So, there is never any regrets with me.
Q: What part do you need to play in making sure your contract is not a distraction on the field with your teammates?
A: I mean, I think everybody in the locker room knows whatís going on. I donít think thereís any missing information between me and the team. We all know whatís going on and if I talk itís a distraction, if I donít talk itís a distraction. So, what am I supposed to do? Iím going to speak my mind, Iím going to say how I feel, Iím going to answer pretty much whatever you have to ask and thatís just it. But everybody in that locker room knows whatís going on, they know why Iím here, they know itís nothing but love. I have nothing but love for them, Iíve got their back no matter what, and itís the same way around. So, thereís nothing that can really get between me and my team.