Odell Beckham Jr.: “God truly has a plan and is using me for it”

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Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made his first public comments on Friday, five days after suffering a torn ACL while trying to make a tackle following an interception.

Beckham posted a message on Instagram. Here it is, exactly as posted by Beckham: “I just wanna thank you all for Checkin on me… this is tough really fkn tough, I really don’t have many words right now definitely not the right ones at least. I couldn’t tell u why this happened, this one doesn’t make much sense, it’s not for me to question, but I believe God truly has a plan and is using me for it. Ton of emotions flowing.. just takin some ME time, some time to heal. Thank u all for the Luv… be back soon.”

It’s an unfortunate situation for Beckham, as it is for any football player who suffers a torn ACL. But it’s not a freak injury when it comes to football at the highest level. It’s one of the risks assumed by every NFL player; however, most of those who haven’t had it happen to them delude themselves into thinking it never will.

It’s important for Beckham to approach his recovery and rehab with the right mindset, and it’s fully and completely his right to “believe God truly has a plan and is using me for it” in the same way Russell Wilson once believed God made him throw four interceptions in the first half of the 2014 NFC title game to make the eventual Seattle comeback even more meaningful. Others would take a more simple approach to the situation, reasoning that OBJ is a football player and football players get injured.

He deserves plenty of credit for the hustle and determination that put him in harm’s way. If we’re going to criticize offensive players who make “business decisions” after a change in possession (and maybe we shouldn’t, given the obvious risks), we should praise those who throw caution to the win when the time comes to respond to an unexpected development — like we did when DK Metcalf chased down Budda Baker last Sunday night.

So here’s to OBJ for playing football the way football is supposed to be played, and here’s to the kind of recovery that puts him back on the field for Week One of the 2021 season, even if he’s playing for someone other than the Browns.

46 responses to “Odell Beckham Jr.: “God truly has a plan and is using me for it”

  1. I guess God’s plan involved you complaining that owners didn’t care about player safety by moving forward with the NFL season in the time of COVID. Surprise! Torn ACL for you.

  2. A lot of football players are religious. The fact that you try to belittle him and other religious people is pathetic. Calling it a “more simple approach” is sad. Good for him for having a positive attitude.

  3. Remember when God’s plan was to have Odell lose a fight to a kicking net. Good times.

  4. People get hurt, people who play football get hurt more often than those who work in offices. That’s really all there is to it.

  5. Odell, are you telling us God is speaking to you? Are you hearing voices? Seek help ASAP

  6. Stop… Please. Your a gifted athelete that plays a game an earn millions for doing so… That’s it…

  7. The fact that you try to belittle him and other religious people is pathetic. Calling it a “more simple approach” is sad.
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    The author didn’t say that….you should reread what he wrote.

    I’ll say it though. Looking to the heavens anytime you don’t understand something is simple and primitive. It’s hard for me to fathom that in 2020, with all we know, people still believe in gods and devils.

  8. in the same way Russell Wilson once believed God made him throw four interceptions in the first half of the 2014 NFC title game to make the eventual Seattle comeback even more meaningful.
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    Good memory Florio. It was that comment that made me realize I’d never be a Russell Wilson fan. Oh, and the concussion water thing.

  9. gods plan…oh lawwwd…since this one doesn’t make sense i’ll help….you’re made of glass, bud

  10. “God truly has a plan and is using me for it”

    Odell Beckham Jr has entered the concussion protocol. Anyone hearing voices like that needs professional help.

  11. If God really had a plan for him, he would have vetoed his trade to the Browns.

  12. It’s a sad commentary when a man is mocked for giving all glory to God, both good and bad. It’s not about sports, but faith. The mere mention of God makes so many angry. It is the lack of belief that is the source of your anger.

  13. Remember when back in the day, before social media / tech athletes only said stupid stuff once a week?

  14. I am a big Browns fan and I think what Beckham is saying is that God wants him to find another job. How come when they score a touchdown they raise their arms and thank god for giving them the strength to score but when they get tackled for a loss they hang there heads and walk back to the huddle

  15. ” It is the lack of belief that is the source of your anger.”

    Praise Odin, God of the Norsemen. Oh wait … I suppose that’s superstition.

  16. There seems to be a lot of schadenfreude. This injury will now impact OBJ’s career and life, so he was looking at it reflectively through the lens of his faith [as many would in life-altering circumstances]. Hopefully he will a successful treatment and recovery.

  17. If only O’Dell would stop and think about where the origins of his beliefs started….

  18. God is showing what can happen if you waste your superior talent messing around and engaging in self-aggrandizement the moment you have the slightest success, rather than applying Jerry Rice/Larry Fitzgerald type focus to your craft to avoid squandering months/years of your limited career.

  19. Cleveland is stuck with that contract now. Had they traded OBJ before the season, they had a chance to get a nice haul. Now he’s damaged goods and an immature loudmouth with a big contract. Not exactly what many teams are looking to trade for. The Browns would have to also trade picks to convince anyone of taking a trade.

  20. “It’s a sad commentary when a man is mocked for giving all glory to God, both good and bad. It’s not about sports, but faith”

    Yeah, and I remember Beckham pretending to urinate on a goal post and later exclaiming, “I’m a dog!” The man is in love with himself.

    When they give credit to God for winning a football game or advancing their career, it’s because they think they’re the centre of the universe.

  21. what really sucks is that this was the season that he was set to truly return to face the giants…but that game isn’t until later in the year.

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