Four years later, Odell Beckham Jr. can remember “The Catch” like it was yesterday.
“It was a moment that obviously changed my life forever; for better, for worse, whatever you want to call it, it changed my life,” Beckham said Friday of his famous one-handed grab as a rookie against the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 23, 2014. “So there’s no way that I can ever forget about that moment. I mean, I remember the smell of the stadium. I remember it all. So it’s a very special moment.”
Beckham, 26, already had been popular due to his talent and personality, but his fame exploded on a national level when he reached over his head falling backwards and snagged Eli Manning’s pass with just three fingers of his right hand, landing in the end zone for a touchdown. It was the viral video of all viral videos and still is.
Beckham’s grab instantly sparked debate on where it ranked all time. He became such an overnight sensation LeBron James met with him for dinner Greenwich Village, the two becoming instant pals. He exchanges text messages with Michael Jordan.
And the jersey Beckham was wearing when he made his famous catch was sent to Canton, Ohio.
Beckham since has racked up the stats and signed a $90 million contract extension with the Giants, but he also aspires to more and wants to be remembered for more than that catch — though of course, he admits, he does like having every great catch compared to his.