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Tuesday Media Transcript: WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Eric from BBI : Admin : 8/28/2018 3:08 pm
WR Odell Beckham Jr.
August 28, 2018

Q: Is it a relief to get (the contract) done?

A:†Yeah. You kind of dream about this moment all your life. In fact, youíve dedicated everything, you sacrifice weekends, your parents have sacrificed weekend after weekend traveling, doing this and that just to be able to get to this point, so it is a relief and itís a wonderful opportunity for myself and my family.†

Q: Can you explain that initial exhilaration that you felt because everyone saw that video of you and Sterling Shepard in the locker room Ė what was going on there? Play-by-play that for us.

A: I was just talking to my agent (Zeke Sandhu) and then my teammates, my brothers Shep and those guys just started clowning around. It feels that much better when your brothers are there for you and theyíre riding with you and theyíre behind you. It just was a special moment. Iíll definitely remember that.

Q:† What does the title of ďhighest paid wide receiverĒ mean to you?

A: I just wanted to get the contract done, whatever was going to happen with it was going to happen. Itís not like itís going to change the way that I want to play and the way that I want to perform. Iím more, like I said, relieved to get it done and just be able to start a new chapter of my life. Itís exciting, and Iím very thankful for where Iím at.††

Q:†From the outside looking in, it looked like it was a fairly smooth negotiation. Iím sure there were a few bumps here and there, but can you just talk about the relationship with Pat Shurmur and how important it was for him to build a relationship with you and help this along?

A: Since the day we were in LA and we met up early in the morning, I drove out there to see him, and just from the minute we sat down and talked even knowing when we hired him, I had asked (Stefon Diggs) and those other guys about him and just the relationship weíve been able to build has been really amazing for me. Itís been really beneficial. It kind of reminds me of the relationship I had with my high school coach, who is somebody I still talk to this day, a guy who taught me to be a man and do these things, so the relationship that we have is very good. I love everything heís done since heís walked in the building and Iím just happy to be a part of it.†

Q: Did you ever doubt this would happen?

A: No. I felt like it was going to happen. Like I said, Godís plan is really what it was going to be. It just was a matter of when. I knew that I was already taken care of before this happened, and like I said, I was just happy that it happened.

Q:† Do you think this contract puts extra responsibility on you as far as being a leader and living up to such a contract?

A:† I donít know if it puts any extra that I havenít already put on myself. Coming in early in training camp, being able to be here and knowing where Iím at in life, and knowing that I do need to be a leader, and there are guys that are watching me and I need to be there on days that I need to be bringing energy somewhere else. I donít know if itís any extra responsibility that I didnít already put on myself going into this year, year five, being a vet. I couldnít say it was any extra, but I know that my goals are if not the same, higher. I just want to be able to be my very, very best.†††††

Q: Thereís a select number of players in franchise history Ė (Lawrence Taylor), (Eli Manning), Phil Simms Ė who are revered by fans. This gives you an opportunity to get there. How much does that mean to you to be able to do?

A: Thatís a great list to be mentioned in. The Giants fans, I love them. I love everybody whoís supported me wearing a 13 jersey, everybody whoís a Giants fan. Theyíre diehard Giants fans, and their love and support that theyíve given me since Iíve walked into this building has allowed me to be able to go out there. Itís extra motivation to go hard. To be able to be mentioned with those guys and hopefully be able to do things that they did, hang up banners Ė thatís always the goal.††

Q: What was your role in the negotiations? What was important to you?†

A: I really let Zeke handle a lot of it. The most important thing for me to do was be able to be out here, be able to run, be able to practice, be able to do all these things, kind of not worry about it in a sense. I canít say that I wasnít worried about it because it was in the back of (my) head. Thereís way that you (canít) worry about it, but just knowing that it was going to be alright and it was going to be worked out, it just kind of put that trust in Zeke and the Giants to all get it done.††

Q: Were you worried that it might not get done by the start of the season?†††

A: No. The season is very, very close. Ultimately, if it was the day before, two days before, I had no doubt that it was going to get done. Iím just happy that it is done, and itís over with, and now you can move on and be great and do all those things that Iíve always dreamed of doing.

Q: What does it mean to you that your teammates were so happy for you?†††

A: Like I said, that was everything to me. Shep, to cut all the music from ďAll About the BenjaminísĒ, just being able to vibe with those guys, thatís something that I feel like in the past, not necessarily we didnít have the same chemistry or same bond, but I can feel more a part of this place. To have them happy for you, you canít ask for anything more. It would be the same if the shoe was on the other foot.

Q: So much was made about your comments last year about being the highest paid player in the league. Did your perspective change at all in the last year about a contract and what that meant for you and your legacy?

A: You see Matt Ryan did his contract and you really have to snap back to reality and be realistic. He came and set the bar very high, so it was just a matter of getting what you feel like you earned and you deserved, and I think itís very fair on both ends what weíve done here. I think weíre both happy and Iím just excited about this season and be able to keep building on it and keep getting better. Iím just excited.

Q: Youíve talked in the past about what you want your legacy to be and there was a time last year when people thought the contract would be your legacy. Do you feel that itís more than that right now?

A: I think itís always going to be more than that. You always have steps. For example, any time you have adversity in life and you have those moments, youíre like I donít know how Iím ever going to overcome this, how am I ever going to get past this, and then you move on and you do get past it. Then another one comes and youíre like, I donít know how Iím ever going to do this, but you move on. This is kind of the same. Thereís always little steps and chapters, whether itís a Super Bowl, whether itís the contract, but these moments come, they happen, and then hopefully, win a couple Super Bowls and itís not the contract that was the big thing. Itís just little things that happen in life that are steps for where youíre going.†

Q: John Mara said it was important that you showed signs of maturity this offseason. How do you feel like youíve matured and do you feel like you needed to show that?

A: Do you see this polo? Iím growing up.† Honestly, it just was something that, I wonít say proud of anything thatís ever happened, but Iím able to take everything thatís happened for me and make myself into a man and learn from those mistakes and be able to look myself in the mirror and have to deal with those things. It wasnít the best thing to happen to me to date, but what I got to learn and take and grow from, was everything that I needed in my life and now Iím able to take that and keep going forward and just be the best me that I can be.

Q: When you initially hurt your ankle, did you have any doubts at that moment this day might not come?

A: No. I didnít know if it was going to be this year or next year, I knew that some point in time in my life, this was going to happen. I work too hard, I dedicated my entire life to this game. I passed up on other sports to play this one. There was no doubt that it was going to happen. Yes, it was scary when it happened and that all runs through your head, and I think thatís the best part about this is now I donít have to worry. Now I can go out there 100 percent. Some guys, youíre out there playing and youíre thinking about a contract and youíre thinking I donít want to get hurt, I donít want to do this, and now that itís behind me, I feel like thereís no worries. Itís a weight lifted (off) my shoulders.

Q: To follow up on that, you have been practicing hard with that risk before the contract was in place. How much was the risk a factor on your mind but also just trying to prove to the team that youíre doing the right thing?

A: Calculated. Calculated risk. You know what you get when youíre out there, youíre competing against your teammates, going against Eli Apple every day, he knows that Iím coming off the same thing, the ankle injury, rehab, all these things. The same way Iím not going to put myself in harmís way, heís not going to try and do anything to risk that as well. It was a collective effort coming from these guys being able to come here, slowly build yourself up, compete against them and jump in here and there. Iíve always practiced hard even when we were at LSU, (Jarvis Landry) and I. I remember certain periods, I know that it was eight or nine plays and Iím going eight or nine plays in a row and the ballís coming at me every single time. If we didnít get it right, coach was going to repeat it. They have the GPS trackers on us, my player load has always been high. I feel like I practice that hard so that way when it comes to the game time, itís nothing. Itís easier if anything, than anything Iíve done the whole week.

Q: There are guys who get a big contract and their performance suffers because theyíre set for life. Have you talked to yourself and said, Ďnot going to be meí?

A: Yeah, I donít think thatís ever been a plan. This is kind of just something that you get out of the way. Honestly, it sounds crazy enough, but I donít think Iíve done anything really since Iíve been here. Itís not what, I have goals for myself. I donít think I have truly been able to achieve them even with the success that Iíve had. Itís not really where I want to be. Like I said, before I was even in the NFL, I wanted to be legendary. Yeah, the money is great, you can take care of your family, you can take care of kids one day that youíll possibly have, but my goal was always to be in the Hall of Fame, to win trophies, to be able to leave a legacy that will be remembered way past any money that you make.

Q: In the five years Iíve known you, I have never seen you have so much fun as you have had this past month of training camp, playing to the fans like Iíve never seen you play before. How important was that for you to have that kind of fun despite the drama of the contract?

A: I think it just happened with life and being in the position I was in. I know I bring this up all the time but I really remember last year I was just getting into a new spot and it was literally the week that I was getting into the new spot, I broke my ankle. Iím back in that same house with different memories and as I walk up the steps now, Iím sitting there and I remember those nights falling asleep downstairs, going to get up and you canít put pressure on your foot, having to crawl upstairs. Once you see everything flash in front of you, you have a different perspective, a different outlook on life. I just feel back to myself and having fun and being able to bring energy and light where it needs to be shined, and truly thankful for (?) putting me back together. It was a long, long process. My agent was talking to me about it last night, as you all know Ė I wonít tell the story, but he blew both his knees out bad. You canít make this up. He was just saying how much he appreciates how hard I work at rehab because heís going through rehab as well right now and sees thereís days when youíre going to be frustrated, thereís days when youíre going to be down, but you just keep fighting and Iím here where Iím at today because I kept fighting. Itís just a lot that went on and it makes you open your eyes a little bit.

Q: Does it make you emotional to think Ė Jarvis put up that picture of you and him when you were what, five years old? When you look at a picture like that and you see what you and he have accomplished, what goes through your mind?

A: Everything. Everything that I ever talked about from the minute I took a drive down to Tuscaloosa to go to a 7-on-7 with him and a couple other guys. Ameer Abdullah was on the team, there were a couple people there and I looked Jarvis in his eyes and I told him, I want to be on the same team as you, I want to do some legendary things. Honestly, he was one of the first people I called because without him, I truly donít know where Iíd be at in life. I knew I was always going to be good at football but when it came to legendary, when it came to working, when it came to the extra reps, when it came to staying after, it was really all something I learned from him. Iím just so happy that when it was his day, how happy I was, I felt like it was my own. Itís a truly amazing story how far weíve (come) and I love him to death and I canít thank him enough for everything.†
arcarsenal : 8/28/2018 3:51 pm : link
He sounds like a changed man. I'm really proud of the way he handled all of this and hope that he continues along this path. I don't think he could have answered those questions any more professionally than he did.
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 8/28/2018 3:55 pm : link
Sounds like an immature head case to me. He'll never change. Oy vey.
Kicking net though  
Ten Ton Hammer : 8/28/2018 4:00 pm : link
Go Terps : 8/28/2018 4:01 pm : link
The worst part of this contract is another 5 years of the same lame joke.
Gap92 : 8/28/2018 4:01 pm : link
Very candid responses. Very happy for him and happy that heíll be a major force for the Giants for years to come.
What a fucking selfish diva.  
Keith : 8/28/2018 4:04 pm : link
I hate him. Go marry a kicking net. Piece of shit.

Hope it works out though
RE: .  
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 8/28/2018 4:17 pm : link
In comment 14051451 Go Terps said:
The worst part of this contract is another 5 years of the same lame joke.

Hahaha. It's lame & probably beaten to death for sure.
He's been a model citizen  
Joey in VA : 8/28/2018 4:56 pm : link
Since that video came out and Mara was scrunchy faced to the press. It appears the weight of his actions finally dawned on him, good to see.
Q: How much of the signing bonus  
Pork Chop : 8/28/2018 6:15 pm : link
goes right into the fan site

A: Man, those guys have been with me from the start. Even the haters give me strength. I sent a blank check to my boy Eric, I just hope he doesn't spend it all right away.
Q.1- Does going against OBJ every day make Eli Apple  
Jimmy Googs : 8/28/2018 9:25 pm : link
a better Cornerback?

Q.2 - If the answer to Question 1 is ďYesĒ, then Apple is a lost cause...
New team leader?  
Dave in Hoboken : 8/28/2018 9:28 pm : link
This team needs one BADLY.
RE: He's been a model citizen  
djm : 8/28/2018 10:22 pm : link
In comment 14051506 Joey in VA said:
Since that video came out and Mara was scrunchy faced to the press. It appears the weight of his actions finally dawned on him, good to see.

Lol scrunchy Mara face. Wellington passed it down to John no doubt.
RE: New team leader?  
Go Terps : 8/28/2018 11:54 pm : link
In comment 14051706 Dave in Hoboken said:
This team needs one BADLY.

New guys (like Solder and Ogeltree) were brought in because outside of Eli (who is 10+ years older than probably most of the roster) the leaders on this team let the locker room go to shit.
RE: RE: New team leader?  
Dave in Hoboken : 8/28/2018 11:58 pm : link
In comment 14051779 Go Terps said:
In comment 14051706 Dave in Hoboken said:


This team needs one BADLY.

New guys (like Solder and Ogeltree) were brought in because outside of Eli (who is 10+ years older than probably most of the roster) the leaders on this team let the locker room go to shit.

Part of the problem with team is they've had no leaders for years now.
*this team  
Dave in Hoboken : 8/28/2018 11:58 pm : link
I completely agree  
Go Terps : 8/28/2018 11:59 pm : link
Or worse, the leaders have been clowns.
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