SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Odell Beckham Jr. appeared in his first Super Bowl commercial Sunday night. His plan is to be on the field a year from now.
“I hope next year,” he said when asked by Newsday this week about when he will make his debut in the big game. “That’s the goal every single year, to play in the Super Bowl, and it’s been the dream of every NFL player since they were little kids. We’re all working for it. That’s obviously where we all want to be.”
Beckham also spoke about new Giants coach Ben McAdoo.
“I can’t really predict the future, but I know he’s a great coach and a great guy,” he said. “Just getting to talk with him, I was able to get geared up for next year. We’re all excited. Everybody is looking forward to it.”
Beckham and Emily Ratajkowski starred in the commercial for Buick. He is also appearing on the CBS show “Code Black” this week. He said he enjoys acting, but his focus is on football.
To get there, he knows the Giants have to make changes. They already have on the coaching staff, and others will come regarding the roster. But there needs to be a psychological change, too.
“First and foremost, you have to win games,” he said. “You have to win the close ones, you have to win the blowouts. Winning is pretty much everything. You win as many games as you can and hopefully, that puts you in the big show.”
And by that, he means the Super Bowl, not the other programming surrounding it.
Beckham was not in attendance at Super Bowl 50.
“I wouldn’t ever really plan on going to a Super Bowl if I’m not playing in one,” he said.
Curry bangs drum for Panthers
The Panthers had the NFL’s Most Valuable Player at quarterback Sunday. They had the NBA’s Most Valuable Player on percussion.
Warriors guard Steph Curry, a North Carolina native, banged the team’s ceremonial “Keep Pounding” drum prior to Super Bowl 50. Curry has experience in the job. He banged the drum before Carolina’s home opener in September.
The “Keep Pounding’’ drum has become symbolic for the Panthers since former player Sam Mills died of cancer in 2005. Mills began Carolina’s 2003 postseason march with a speech imploring teammates to “keep pounding’’ as he had in his battle with cancer.
Brady draws boos
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was roundly booed by the crowd during pregame introductions for previous Super Bowl MVPs. Broncos QB Peyton Manning said during the week that he hoped to sneak out of the locker room to participate — he would have stood next to his brother Eli Manning — but he remained with the team. The video board in the stadium showed him there when his name was announced.
Panthers QB Cam Newton warmed up wearing gold cleats with the letters “MVP” printed on them. He was named the league’s MVP on Saturday night . . . Security was heavy and visible around Super Bowl locations, from hotels in San Francisco to Levi’s Stadium. Drones were banned around the stadium and there are flight restrictions in the area. San Francisco did not have large-scale public viewing spots downtown like they offered for the recent San Francisco Giants’ World Series runs. The FBI opened a multiagency command post last week about six miles from Levi’s Stadium that will be continuously staffed.