Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham has become a star over his first two seasons in the league by catching 187 passes for 2,755 yards and 25 touchdowns.
That prodcution have made him a beloved figure at MetLife Stadium when the Giants have custody of the building and the team’s fans don’t have much problem with the spouts of bravado and spats with members of other teams because of what he brings to the offense. Those things have led to a chillier reception in other corners of the league, something that Beckham shrugs off as the cost of doing business on the field.
“I don’t know if I’m necessarily liked anywhere, really,” Beckham said, via Newsday. “It just is what it is when we’re on the field. Off the field, there’s no hard feelings for me anywhere. At the end of the day, it’s football. I can’t control who resents, likes, doesn’t like, in a sense. We just go out there, handle our business, play football and keep it moving from there.”
The one thing that opposing teams and fans have loved about Beckham in his first two seasons is that he’s played for a bad football team. The Giants are 12-20 over the last two years, which makes it easier to swallow any big plays Beckham makes and any preening that may follow. Moving that record in the right direction wouldn’t make anyone love Beckham any more, but it would make the sound and fury signify more than it has over the last two years.