MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Odell Beckham Jr. continues to make history. But while he is, he also recognizes it.
The Giants receiver paid his respects to some of the NFL’s all-time greats on Monday night. First he stopped by to shake hands with Dan Marino and Jason Taylor as he headed to the locker room for halftime — they were being honored during a ceremony — and then he celebrated his 84-yard touchdown catch with a Ray Lewis dance. Lewis was part of the ESPN broadcast of the game and Beckham spoke briefly with him during pregame warmups.
“I’ve seen it since I was a little kid,” Beckham said of Lewis’ moves, which he often flashed during game introductions in Baltimore. “I mean, the man’s a legend. He played the game of football with the passion, with the love. It’s something I admired. I loved the way he played. I loved his energy. I’ve been doing that dance ever since I’ve seen it, so it was a pretty special moment. It was cool.”
As for greeting Marino and Taylor, Beckham said: “You have to. Pay your dues, man. These guys are legends. To be able to be honored like they were, it’s what you play for, man. It’s special. It’s what you play for.”
It was jokingly suggested that Marino was wearing Beckham’s number 13.
“He was, for sure,” Beckham played along. “But it was his number before mine.”