news / 02.01.2017 NFL praises Odell Beckham Jr. for professionalism at Pro Bowl
Several key members of the New York Giants organization and commissioner Roger Goodell received a letter this week from NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent praising the professionalism of star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. during the week of the Pro Bowl, multiple sources told ESPN.
Beckham was a fan favorite in Orlando, signing countless autographs and engaging daily with young fans. He embraced the role and was among the most popular and entertaining players throughout the week.
It caught Vincent's eye.
"I would be remiss not to acknowledge how engaging and professional Odell Beckham Jr. was during the entire week of the Pro Bowl," Vincent wrote in the letter obtained by ESPN. "By far and away, he represented the New York Football Giants and the NFL with great poise, congeniality, and professionalism."
The letter was sent to Goodell, Giants owner John Mara, general manager Jerry Reese, coach Ben McAdoo, director of player development David Tyree and Beckham's agent, Zeke Sandhu.
Beckham, 24, has been both a thrilling and controversial figure since he was chosen in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. He's extremely popular in the Giants locker room and has close friends around the league, including Pro Bowlers Jarvis Landry, Von Miller, Patrick Peterson and Dez Bryant. Those who know him well insist he's a passionate and good-hearted person.
"He's a talent that a lot of people wouldn't be able to understand," Bryant told ESPN during Pro Bowl week. "You want to criticize him. You want to talk about him because you just don't understand him -- his whole mindset, the way he goes about his game. He's a hell of a football player. He's a great football player."
Beckham has also proven to be a hit with young fans. He's constantly getting them involved, whether it's before games or when holding a camp during the summer.
It was evident again last week at the Pro Bowl, when he willingly embraced the role as an ambassador of the game. It didn't go unnoticed.
"Odell single-handedly took our engagement to a higher level," Vincent wrote to the Giants. "You should be proud to have him representing your club and your city at the Pro Bowl and I didn't want to go another day without writing to acknowledge his extraordinary efforts."
Jordan Ranaan | espn.com | February 1, 2017