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Odell Beckham Jr. taking in his fame 'day-by-day'

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. signs autographs for fans after practice during training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, N.J., on Friday, July 31, 2015. Photo Credit: Brad Penner

Odell Beckham Jr. spoke Friday for the first time about the buckling of the bleachers under the weight of fans clamoring for his autograph after training camp practice a week ago.

"It was just kind of weird," he said of the incident in which no one was hurt. "I'm signing a football, and I see the stands collapse and I see legs in between the bleachers and stuff like that. It's just crazy. I don't like to see anybody, any kids or anything like that, in harm's way. Hopefully, there's not another incident like that or getting put in those situations again."

The Giants changed their policy on player autographs after practice and now limit them to fans 12 and under. There have been no further problems so far at training camp, but given Beckham's popularity, there are certain to be future instances of similar chaos at some other time and some other place.

Beckham said he never thought he'd have to worry about such things when he was drafted by the Giants just over a year ago.

"It's something that I kind of just take in day-by-day," he said of handling his ever-growing fame. "I always thought you're in the NFL, like, you're a football player. You play in the NFL. But I never thought there was so much more to it than what there is. But it's definitely not a bad thing, so to say. It's just you live and you learn. You've just got to find the right way to do things."

Someone who has gone through that transformation is Victor Cruz, and Beckham said he relies a lot on the veteran for support and guidance in such situations.

"I always clown with him just about how crazy things can get sometimes or how crazy it may feel for you sometimes," Beckham said. "I just think about him and he's been there. So if I ever need to ask someone for any kind of advice, I can just go to him."


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