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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. talks with Long Island kids

New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. with

New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. with Kidsday reporters Isabella Ross, Joseph LaCorte, Grace Porter and Brendan Greenwood, all from James Boyd Intermediate School in Elwood. They are at the Giants training facility in New Jersey on May 27, 2015. Credit: Newsday / Pat Mullooly

We went to the NY Giants training facility in New Jersey to watch the team practice. Afterward we sat down with their wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

When you first got your bonus check what did you buy yourself?

I think the first thing I got was my place where I'm living at.

Did you have any other thoughts of what to do in life other than football?

Honestly, I knew that I was going to play some sport. I knew it was going to be baseball, basketball or soccer. But I'm happy that I'm playing what I really love to do.

When you imagined playing football as a kid what did you think of and how was your imagination different from playing in the NFL?

It's no different. It's the same dream I've been thinking about since I was 4 years old. Just as you get older and as you get into the NFL you kind of just start to see the business side of it. It's still the same thing that you've been playing since you were a little kid.

What thoughts went through your mind when you found out you were going to be on the cover of Madden NFL 16?

It was like a dream come true. It's something that you always thought about as a kid and you always thought that you know one day you can be on the cover of Madden and never did I think after my first year that I would have ended up on the cover of Madden.

Would you ever want to play defense to knock out the people that do that to you?

Sometimes when you think about playing DB or something like that but I think it's more fun to score touchdowns then to knock people out.

Why did you choose Louisiana State over scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Nebraska, Tulane and Tulsa?

I believe in purple and gold. My mom and daddy went there and it's always been a dream of mine to play at that school. I just couldn't see myself anywhere else.

Do you have any mentors on the Giants? If so, who and why are they your mentors?

I have a lot of guys on the team who I look up to and I'll come to if I need advice or anything like that. I couldn't say one specific one because I'll ask anybody who's older than me, what they've learned, what they've been through, what can help me. So I just kind of take a little bit from everybody.

Does the crowd ever affect the way that you play?

Not really. I think more of a positive way than a negative way. You have fans yelling at you and you can hear them or they get your attention and it's something that more motivates you than scares you.

When did you start practicing the three-finger catch?

I think since I was a little kid I threw the ball to myself and caught with one hand and it really started a lot more in college with Jarvis Landry just practicing every single day catching the ball with one hand and trying to make some of the hardest catches we can make.

Do you have a favorite stadium and do you like playing indoor or outdoor football?

I like playing in warm weather. Anywhere where it's warm. I really like Cowboy Stadium. It's a stadium I'm very familiar with and a new favorite is obviously MetLife.

Did you ever feel like you weren't going to be successful in the NFL? If so, how did you get yourself motivated again?

I never really got discouraged I think is the key. I always felt as if I was going to be one of the best and it's a mindset, something to put your mind to. I never really saw myself as being unsuccessful.

Did you choose the number 13, if yes, why?

I wore 3 in college and 13 was as close as I could get. I wanted 11 but 11 is retired so 13 was the next choice.

What are three things you want people to know about you?

That's tough to say. I guess one would be that I want them to know that I want to be the best. I enjoy what I do playing football for a living and I would love to play it as long as I can.

Do you have any good luck charms or rituals before a game?

I don't really have anything. I'm kind of random, I don't do the same thing every game day or anything like that. I just get to the stadium, I try to get in my zone as fast as possible and then get on the field.

Do you ever disagree with your coaches strategies?

No, never. That's what the sidelines are for. You can talk it up with your coaches and give your opinion on what you're seeing on the field. So it's never so much a disagreement as getting on the same page.


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