Beckham, the 12th overall selection n the 2014 NFL Draft out of LSU, comes from a family of athletes and attended Isadore Newman High School in New Orleans - the same high school that Eli and Peyton Manning attended.
“Peyton and Eli were back in town a couple years ago, and went up to Newman to work out," Archie Mannng told Sporting News. "They asked if they could put a couple of receivers out there to throw to. Odell was sophomore then, and Eli said at the time 'This is a pretty good looking little receiver.' I don’t think they knew he would be that good."
Well, he is. Beckham is currently at the Pro Bowl in Arizona where he will represent Team Irvin, named for HOF WR Michael Irvin vs Team Carter, headed by another HOF WR, Cris Carter.
Beckham will go head to head against one of the league's top cornerbacks, Arizona's Patrick Peterson.
"It’s a pleasure to watch him work, it really is,” Peterson said Wednesday night after the 2015 Pro Bowl Draft at the Arizona Biltmore Resort as per Giants.com. “Not only in the NFL, but when he was at LSU, I’m always watching LSU football. So to see the growth, the strides he has taken throughout his young college career and now to his young NFL career, it’s definitely an honor to be part of.”
Peterson is also a first-rounder from LSU, taken four years ago by the Cardinals. He has a similar skill set to Beckham's, but on the defensive side of the ball. He, like Beckham, is an explosive returner.
“He was a guy that I’ve always, always wanted to play against or play with, or whatever the case may be,” Beckham told Giants.com. “But we do get to match up against each other. I told him just to stay on the other side and do his thing, and I’ll be over here. And maybe I’ll see him a little later in the game.”
Beckham may be receiving all these post-season accolades, but was not elected to the Pro Bowl. He was originally a first alternate and was elevated to the Pro Bowl pool when Detroit WR Calvin Johnson dropped out due to injury.
But the rookie who shattered scores of receiving records this season is the one that is getting all the buzz. His near-impossible, one-handed TD grab against the Cowboys still has everyone in awe. They are hoping they will see some more magic from him this Sunday. As usual, Beckham plans to calmly go on about his business.
From SNYGiants insider Ralph Vacchiano of the NY Daily News:
“I don’t really feel any pressure to do it, but I’ll do my best for them,” Beckham told the Daily News by phone on Thursday, after practicing with “Team Irvin” at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale. “I know it’s more for the fans and for us to just have fun and enjoy the moment. So whatever happens, happens. But I’m not promising anything.”Peterson and others will test themselves against Beckham this Sunday, but let them be warned. No one has been able to stop the rookie to date, not even the Seahawks' "Legion of Boom." Beckham racked up 91 receptions for 1305 yards and 12 TDs in just 12 games this season.