Uproxx- See, when Odell Beckham Jr. talks about people making a name off him, he’s talking principally about Josh Norman. This spring, after nearly winning the Super Bowl with Carolina, Norman signed with Washington, the Giants’ NFC East nemesis, guaranteeing at least two Beckham-Norman face-offs each and every season. Washington won the division last season, is loaded with young talent, and gave Norman a deal worth $75 million to leave Carolina—but Beckham believes none of that is why he signed with Washington. Odell Beckham Jr. believes Norman signed with Washington because of Odell Beckham Jr.
“I’m sure,” he says.
Really? He came for you?
“Yeah. For sure. I mean, it’s a smart business move for him.”
“It goes back to what I was saying. If I wasn’t playing him twice a year, maybe people wouldn’t bring it up as much,” Beckham says. “But now it’ll be a lot more media attention for him, attention that I don’t really look for, attention that I don’t need. The reason that he’s become so relevant is because of me.”
Well, there you have it. Josh Norman is Odell Beckham Jr.'s kryptonite. It's really as simple as that. Odell is a lovable young receiver with a personality and a flare for the dramatic, but even the mention of the name Josh Norman turns him into an unlikable, egotistical little bitch. We saw him get in his head on the field, and now it's manifesting itself through interview as well.
I mean, this is as self important and disconnected as a person can sound, right? To assume that a All World caliber talent drew out his career path specifically so it would intersect with another All World caliber talent on an opposing team more often? To truly believe that one of the best players on the defensive side of the ball is only widely known because he spent one afternoon wrestling around the grass of an NFL stadium like a toddler with one of the best players on the offensive side of the ball? Yup, that must be it. Never mind the fact that the Norman-Beckham matchup was being hyped wellllll before it happened strictly because they had both done so much to prove themselves on their own. That can't be it. Josh Norman is only a household name because of his mild association with the guy with the golden mohawk. He didn't sign his new contract because it was worth an exorbitant amount of money. He didn't join the Redskins because he liked the team or the city of Washington. He just wanted to be closer to the guy that tried to decapitate him. He's just had an undying need to continue leaching fame from the guy he once called a "faggot".
Completely asinine. As pompous and dumb as an athlete can sound, and that - my friends - is saying a lot. We - as football fans - are better off getting to watch ODB and Josh Norman go head-to-head multiple times per year, but the guy that's so vain that he thinks every single one of another man's life choices is about him is undoubtedly not. Josh Norman is soooo far in ODB's head that he's tap dancing on his brain while belting out Carly Simon. Hey Odell, I bet you think this blog is about you...don't you? DON'T YOU?!?!