The comparison between Odell Beckham Jr. and Jeremy Shockey has been made by more than a few observers. Giants co-owner Steve Tisch, who had a close relationship with the rambunctious tight end and is forging one with the lightning rod wide receiver, said he sees similarities between the two on the field but not off it.
“I’ve seen some similarities in the passion, the playing the game, his focus, his commitment,” Tisch said at the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Gala in Manhattan on Friday night where he was honored. “They’re very different guys on many levels but in terms of the passion Jeremy had for the game and as a New York Giant and the passion Odell has for the game and as a New York Giant, I’m very, very proud to have Jeremy as a (former player) and Odell as a current player.”
Tisch said he spoke with Beckham before the Packers game when the receiver was being heavily scrutinized for his sideline tantrum against Washington and a taunting foul against Minnesota.
“He’s remarkably aware of his talent, his role on the New York Giants, and he’s also remarkably aware of the spotlight that shines on him during every New York Giants game,” Tisch said. “It’s a process and I think he is dealing with it every Sunday. His awareness is very appropriate to the responsibility he has as a New York Giant. I’m really proud to say he’s one of the New York Giants and an amazingly talented, gifted athlete and a wonderful young man.
“Odell and I have a great professional relationship,” Tisch added. “I’m amazed by his talent, his commitment, his passion and his love of playing football. I’m thrilled that he is playing football for the New York Giants.”