Odell Beckham in London to kick off NFL UK Academy tryouts


Browns receiver Odell Beckham travels to London this weekend as part of his role as an ambassador for the NFL Academy. The NFL Academy is a first-of-its kind program that will offer UK student-athletes ages 16-18 the opportunity to combine education with life skills and intensive football training.

Beckham will attend a tryout of more than 200 teenagers, assisting in drills and skill development, as the prospects compete to win a place in the Academy’s first class. The Academy convenes in September.

The Academy seeks to provide students with pathways into employment, further education and even the potential opportunity to play NCAA college football in the United States.

The first class will consist of approximately 80 student-athletes and the final tryouts are scheduled for July 2 at Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium.

Several NFL players will assist in those final tryouts, including NFL Academy ambassadors JuJu Smith-Schuster and Efe Obada. Obada grew up in London and spent time in the NFL’s Player Pathway Program before earning a spot on the Panthers’ roster last season.

10 responses to “Odell Beckham in London to kick off NFL UK Academy tryouts

  1. Odell has always been really great around children. He’s like a big child. This will help him get positive press out there and make him look like a normal human being who cares.

  2. No, I like it. Is it entirely selfless? No of course there’s a PR element to all such things – but he didn’t have to become an NFL Academy ambassador to the UK – so props to him.

  3. Come on people, the guy is doing something good for the kids and you still rag on him. He has a routine that works for him and he is always in shape when he reports for the mandatory stuff. I think you finger pointers and the got nothing better to do than criticize someone for doing what works for them should worry more about how they can help others and themselves be better.

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