If the embarrassment on the field was not enough, Odell Beckham Jr. needed to make a fool of himself and of the New York Giants organization with his antics after their 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday.
Beckham Jr. was seen punching a hole in the wall and repeatedly hitting his head against his locker after the Giants early playoff exit. A day later, enough is enough. It has gotten out of hand with him. The Giants as an organization need to step up and control this tornado.
In the biggest media market in the world, Odell is always under a microscope. His actions do not go unnoticed and it is time for Beckham to grow up. The 25-year-old might go down as one of the most talented receivers in NFL history when it is all said in done but his off-the-field antics will be his eventual downfall.
The Giants have always been regarded as a classy franchise with players who followed the code and played the game. From Phil Simms to Michael Strahan to Justin Tuck to Eli Manning, these players are absolutely beloved Giants for their winning on the field and class off of it. Despite some questionable off-the-field issues, even Lawrence Taylor remains one of the most beloved Giants because his play on the field did all the talking. These guys have one thing in common; they won. They showed their emotions on the field, won with dignity and lost with class. Odell Beckham Jr. will never reach these guys’ stature in Giants lure.
If you look at New York sports icons in recent memory, you immediately think of Manning, Derek Jeter and Mark Messier. Guys who won over the Big Apple with their play on the field. They let their actions speak for themselves and showed up when the moment was biggest. Manning won two Super Bowls behind two 9-7 teams. Those Giant teams defeated the heavily favorite New England Patriots both times and Manning took home Most Valuable Player honors in each contest. Jeter is regarded as one of the best postseason players of all-time bringing the Yankees five World Series Championships including three in a row. And finally, Messier brought the Rangers their first Stanley Cup in 54 years when they raised the Cup in 1994.
These athletes will forever be enshrined in New York glory and when you think of the Giants, Yankees and Rangers, those three players are at or near the top of the list.
Beckham will never have the same kind of love. He cannot control his emotions and disappeared in the biggest game of his young career. There are plenty of questions regarding his thinking process and his emotional state. Earlier this week, Beckham, along with a couple other Giant receivers, were found hanging out on a yacht in Miami during the Giants off day. Now, that is not a big deal even with the playoffs approaching. What the big deal is is not showing up when it mattered most, bringing questions to his commitment and focus prior to the game.
Manning came to play in Green Bay against the red hot Packers. He was slinging the ball all over the field in the early going and the Giants were dominating. However, a couple big drops later sent the momentum back to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
New York started the game off driving down the field, converting three first downs before a third down play stalled the drive. Manning found Beckham over the middle who could not haul it in and the Giants had to punt. Their next drive should have resulted in seven when Manning threw a beautiful ball to the corner of the end zone that hit off Beckham’s hands. The Giants had to settle for three and Beckham essentially became a non-factor the rest of the game. He finished with four catches for 28 yards but had two costly drops.
Now, there is nothing wrong with showing emotion on or off the field but what is different about Beckham is that he could not back up his childish actions with play on the field. He was a ghost Sunday night. If he made that touchdown catch the game could have gone differently for the Giants. Maybe it wouldn’t have but for all the talk and antics from Beckham, showing up on the biggest stage would have shut up a lot of critics.
Instead, the result was Beckham throwing yet another temper tantrum after a blowout loss in the biggest game of his career under the biggest microscope. It is time for Beckham to grow up and start acting like a professional or he will be regarded as one of the most talented receivers to date who let his emotions get the best of him.