Who Is Odell Beckham Jr.? 5 Things to Know About Sports' Most Eligible Bachelor
In just two short years, New York Giants player Odell Beckham Jr. has established himself as one of football’s best wide receivers. But his notoriety stretches far past the field.
Along with causing controversy and becoming the subject of memes, the 23-year-old has remained in national headlines thanks to a series of romantic run-ins and rendezvous with A-list celebrities.
On Tuesday, Beckham Jr. was spotted out on a late-night date with Demi Lovato, 23, in New York, according to the New York Post‘s Page Six. The pair dined at Midtown hot spot Hunt & Fish Club until about 1:30 a.m.
“Odell came in around 11 p.m. alone, then Demi discreetly arrived about 10 minutes later,” a source told Page Six. “They sat in a corner booth, and it definitely looked like a date.”
Beckham Jr. is reveling in the perks of being one of the NFL’s biggest stars, but just who is the Louisiana native? Here are five things to know about one of sports’ most eligible bachelors.
1. He’s Ranked One of The NFL’s Top 10 Players of the Year
The wide receiver came in 10th on the league’s “Top 100 Players of 2016,” according to the Giants’ website.
The ranking is the highest by a Giant since the league began compiling the annual list in 2011, according to the site.
Last year, Beckham was ranked No. 32. He has also made two trips to the NFL Pro Bowl.
2. One of His Catches Has Become One of the Internet’s Favorite Memes
In November 2014, Beckham Jr. secured for himself a spot in Internet meme history catching a one-handed touchdown pass in a game against the Dallas Cowboys, according to Sports Illustrated.
When Eli Manning threw the football his way, Beckham Jr. jumped high in the air and, with an arched back and one foot off the ground, clutched the tip of the ball with his right hand.
3. He Was Suspended For a ‘Malicious’ On-Field Hit
Last December, Beckham Jr. grappled with former-Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman and was flagged when he rushed across the field at the end of the play and slammed his helmet into Norman’s, ESPN reports.
He was suspended for one game.
After the game, Norman called the incident “ridiculous.”
“The guy ran 15 yards down the field, dead-on collision,” Norman told reporters, according to ESPN. “The play was all the way to the left side. He came back and was hunting, and it was just, like, malicious in every way.”
4. He’s Been Romantically Linked to a Slew of A-List Celebrities
Rumors began circulating that the two were dating and Kardashian, 32, shut down the speculations on Twitter. But Beckham Jr. still dealt with fallout from the false reports.
“It’s just kind of like ‘dating?’ I just met this person. This is maybe the second conversation we’ve had,” he told GQ magazine in an interview for its August issue, noting that the rumors affected his relationship with a woman he was seeing at the time.
“Things go like that. And then some other girl that I may have been talking to hears about it, and now it’s more drama, more commotion in my life. And I’m sitting here trying to explain my situation to somebody, and it’s really not even a situation.”
5. He Lived at Drake’s House
“That’s my guy right there,” he said of Drake. “Somebody whose mindset is the same as yours they want to be the best. We just click on a level like that.”
He added: “I’m just out there working out. [Drake] needs to chill out with that house that he’s got out there, there’s just too much going on.”