Odell Beckham Jr.

Who is Odell Beckham Jr.?

Odell Beckham Jr. is a wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens and is commonly known as OBJ. He was initially drafted by the New York Giants in the 2014 NFL Draft, where he was the 12th overall pick in the first round. OBJ was the third WR to be selected that day. He has played for four teams during his almost decade-long career.

This helped him earn the Rookie of the Year award in 2014, and win the Super Bowl LVI (2021 season) with the Los Angeles Rams, before joining his current team after ACL injury. An interesting fact about OBJ is that he grew up playing not only football but also soccer. His favorite player as a kid was English soccer star, David Beckham.

Odell Beckham Jr.'s early life and background

Odell Beckham Jr. was born on November 5, 1993, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Heather Van Norman and Odell Beckham Sr. His athletic genes come from both his parents. On one hand, his mom was a star athlete during her college years. She was an All-American track sensation at LSU from 1991 to 1993. On the other hand, Odell Beckham Sr. was a football player. He was an outstanding running back at LSY between 1989 and 1992. His stepdad Derek Mills is also a known sportsperson.

He competed in the Olympics and won a gold medal as part of the 400-meter relay team in 1996. From his mom's side, he has a sister named Jasmyne Mills who is a student at Arizona State University, majoring in interior design. From his dad's side, he has three siblings. Two brothers named Kordell and Sonny and one sister named Summer. Kordell is an influencer and model with over 50k followers on Instagram.

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OBJ attended Isidore Newman School in New Orleans. Since his high school days, he participated in a variety of sports including football, basketball, and track. His success in football at the school level in various roles (QB, wide receiver, cornerback, and running back) helped him secure his name in the Times-Picayune 2011 Blue-Chip list. Eventually, he decided to play for the Tigers at LSU, and in his game against the Towson Tigers, the team was able to secure a 38-22 victory.

In this game, he accomplished two touchdowns and five receptions for 128 yards. Due to his caliber on the field, he was able to achieve the Paul Hornung Award. In 2013, he participated in his last collegiate game and secured 57 receptions and 8 touchdowns and was soon drafted by the New York Giants the following year.

Odell Beckham Jr.'s girlfriend

On Odell Beckham Jr.'s 27th birthday (2019), Lauren Wood posted a compilation of their pictures on her Instagram handle. This was the first time the couple announced their relationship in public. However, looking at the pictures, it was evident that the two had been together for some time. From that time, the couple showcased their love to the world and uploaded many photographs together.

It included a couple of award ceremonies and also the ACL surgery he underwent on November 10, 2020. Following the surgery, Wood shared a photo alongside OBJ's mom and the wide receiver who was on the hospital bed. The post read, "YA GIRLS GOTCHU." In the following year (2021), the couple announced that they were expecting their first child. She was seen cheering and celebrating during Beckham’s first Super Bowl victory.

The news was made public through an Instagram post of a maternity shoot of the couple in which Beckham Jr. could be seen holding Wood's baby bump. Eventually, on February 17, 2022, the new parents welcomed their son, Zydn, as they shared a picture of them snuggled together. The Ravens' star wrote, "The biggest blessing I've ever had in my life arrived here on earth! Lauren Wood, u changed my life forever and delivered the most beautiful gift of all... EFFORTLESSLY!"

However, per People, on September 19, 2023, many sources confirmed that the couple had called it quits and separated their ways. An insider even reported that Beckham has been spotted hanging out with Kim Kardashian post his split with Lauren Wood. The recent update on Kim Kardashian and Beckham Jr.'s reported relationship has been that the two were spotted together before on the Pre-Super Bowl night in Las Vegas.

Odell Beckham Jr.'s net worth in 2024

According to Celebrity Net Worth, OBJ has a net worth of $40 million with $15 million as his annual NFL salary. He is currently a free agent with a one-year contract deal with the Ravens worth $15 million. According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, after the 2023-2024 season, Beckham Jr. has earned a total of $16 million, thanks to the three incentives he was able to hit in his contract.

He has been to four different teams since his drafting and this has allowed him to sign varied deals with big companies. One of the endorsement highlights for the WR has been the 2017 Nike contract. This was the largest contract in NFL history worth $25 million over five years and included incentives allowing Beckham to prolong it to eight years and increase its worth to $48 million.

Apart from this, the football star also has deals with Head & Shoulders, Foot Locker, Lenovo, Daniel Wellington, Dunkin Donuts, and more. Additionally, Beckham Jr. has also invested in many startups. These include esports and fintech industries. He also became a strategic advisor for SPAC sponsored by Tribe Capital in March 2021.

His ventures also include a couple of television and music video appearances. Some popular appearances are in Catching Odell (2015), Code Black (2016), and in the song video "Bed" by Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande. These initiatives have also helped the player amass wealth and add to his net value.

Odell Beckham Jr. contracts

Beckham Jr signed a $95 million 5 year contract with the New York Giants in 2018 with a total of $65 million in guarantees. The deal made him the highest-paid WR in the history of the NFL. A year later, the Giants traded the wide receiver to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for Jabrill Peppers, Kevin Zeitler, and the Browns' 1st and 3rd-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft.

As per Spotrac, the wide receiver was all set to earn a whopping $14 million for the 2020 NFL season. According to the contract, if Odell Beckham Jr was to see out his contract with the Cleveland Browns until the end of the 2023 NFL season, he would receive a total of $77 million for his time with the franchise. And he did shift the teams again in 2021 as he went to Los Angeles Ram. However, the information concerning the amount retrieved by the football player wasn't known.

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In 2021, OBJ signed a $1.25 million 1 year contract with the Los Angeles Rams according to Sports Illustrated. This deal gave the wide receiver a base salary of $750,000 which he was to completely receive in Bitcoin. Beckham also earned up to $4.25 million based on incentives. However, soon after, OBJ was traded to the Baltimore Ravens for the 2023 season and he has been proving his prowess since then.

His contract of a year with the Ravens was for $15 million with an additional $3 million in incentives based on receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and receptions. Odell Beckham Jr. completed the receiving touchdowns (3) and the receptions (30), which helped him earn $250,000 for each. Eventually, his receiving yards were over 500 and he accumulated another $500,000.

Odell Beckham Jr.'s career timeline

Following his time with 'The Tigers', OBJ entered the 2014 NFL Draft and became the New York Giants' top draft pick at 12th overall number. At the MetLife Stadium, the Giants offered Odell Beckham Jr the No.13 jersey and slotted him into a starting role. In his first NFL season, OBJ immediately became famous for his spectacular catches, including a one-handed touchdown reception while falling backward in the clash against the Dallas Cowboys.

His incredible season despite an injury led him to become the Offensive Rookie of the Year according to the Associated Press. His 2015 and 2016 seasons were equally as successful as the previous ones, making his name grow bigger in the league. Unfortunately, an ankle fracture kept him away from the game in 2017 after week 5. While he made a slight comeback in 2018, a quadriceps injury once again made him take an exit from the season.

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After 5 seasons with the New York Giants, Beckham Jr moved to the Cleveland Browns. The Browns had rather high expectations from the star, as he was getting paired with the rookie QB Baker Mayfield. However, the 2019 season brought major disappointment to the team as they ended with a record of 6-10. OBJ, unfortunately, once again fell prey to the injuries and this time it was the most feared NFL injury, an ACL tear that made him exit early from the season.

The Cleveland Browns picked themselves up in a massive way in the 2020 season, despite Beckham Jr getting sidelined. He was placed on the injured reserve on October 27th, 2020, after a torn ACL ended his season. Beckham finished the 2020 season with 23 catches for 319 yards and 4 touchdowns plus 2 rushes for 73 yards and a rushing touchdown in the 7 games he played.

Odell Beckham Jr.'s career stats and records

During his time at university, Odell Beckham Jr. made several records. His debut was on September 3, 2011, against the Oregon Ducks. In this game, he had two receptions for 10 yards and the team garnered a victory with a 40-27 score. Overall, Beckham Jr. in his freshman year finished with 41 receptions for 475 yards which was the second-highest. The following year, Beckham Jr. was first on his team in receiving yards with 713 in receptions with 43 and third on the team with two receiving TDs.

In 2013, he had 57 receptions for 1,117 and eight touchdowns. He also led the SEC with 32 kickoff returns for 845 net yards and finally decided to enter the NFL draft for the 2014 season. His stats in the NFL in his entire career have been :

 566
 7,932
 59

His skills with a football have allowed him to gather numerous, both within the team and the NFL domain-

New York Giants franchise records

  • Most receiving yards in a season, rookie: 1,305

  • Most games with at least 50 receiving yards, rookie, season: 9

  • Most games with at least 100 receiving yards, rookie, season: 7

  • Most games with at least 150 receiving yards, rookie, season: 2

  • Highest average receiving yards per game, season: 108.8

  • Highest receiving yards per catch (min. 50 catches), rookie, season: 14.34

  • Most receiving touchdowns in a game, rookie: 3 (2014, Week 15 vs. Washington Redskins)

NFL Records

  • Fastest to reach 100 career receptions: 14 games

  • Fastest to reach 150 career receptions: 21 games

  • Fastest to reach 200 career receptions: 30 games

  • Fastest to reach 3,500 career receiving yards: 36 games

  • Fastest to reach 4,000 career receiving yards: 42 games (tied with Lance Alworth)

  • Most games with at least ten receptions, rookie, season: 4

  • Most games with at least 125 receiving yards, rookie, season: 6

  • Highest average receiving yards per game, rookie, season: 108.8

  • Only player in NFL history to have at least 1,300 receiving yards while playing in 12 or fewer games in a season

Odell Beckham Jr. awards and achievements

YearAward/AccomplishmentTeam
2021-2022Super Bowl Champion (LVI)Los Angeles Rams
2014NFL Offensive Rookie of the YearNew York Jets
2015,20162x Second-team All-ProNew York Jets
2014-20163x Pro BowlNew York Jets
2014PFWA All-Rookie Team (2014)New York Jets
2013Paul Hornung AwardLouisiana State University Tigers
2013First-team All-AmericanLouisiana State University Tigers
2013First-team All-SECLouisiana State University Tigers

He was also ranked No. 8 in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 and No. 10 in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.

Expensive things owned by Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr. has had multiple properties to his name. After he was drafted to the New York Giants in 2014, he bought a three-story, 3529 sq ft house in the area of Hudson County. Along with a great outside view, the house also had an exceptional master suite connecting to a walk-in steam. However, with his shift to the Cleveland Browns, the WR was quick to give up his property.

The property owned by OBJ in Cleveland was much larger and more expensive in comparison to his previous home. He bought the 13,800 sq ft spread house for $1.6 million, hosting 4 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. It also had a 3-car garage space along with a poor outside. Beckham Jr. specifically had a room dedicated to his clothes and other dressing items in this house. This was besides the movie theatre in the house, which also could be converted into a golf simulator, a game room, a gym, and an office. While he shifted to LA in 2021, the house was listed in 2022 for a price of $3.3 million.

The current home of the football player is not publicly known. Ever since joining the Ravens, the WR hasn't bought a permanent place to stay in the view of potentially getting traded after the one-year contract. Hence, no certainty surrounds his decision of living space yet.

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Other than property investments, OBJ also likes to host noteworthy car collections. His first car is the classy Mercedes AMG GTS which he purchased approximately at $129,900. It comes with a turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine with 503 hp. He has another Mercedes in his collection- the AMG CLS 63. This one potentially would have cost him around $107,000. Odell had this made in a customized form, with a matte gray finish alongside a graphical design.

In the list of his supercars, the initial one is a Lamborghini Urus SUV. It is a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine giving out 641 hp. the base price of it would be placed at $220,000. However, after all the DreamWorks customization, its estimated value goes up to $350,000. Lamborghini Huracan Spyder is another one of his cars, that he bought back in 2016. It was worth $268,000 when he bought it. Ferrari F12 Berlinetta also graces his garage at the price of $319,995. This car was assembled in Maranello, Italy.

One of OBJ's most precious cars is the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. Hosting a rate of $479,995, the car has a classy 6.75-liter V12 engine producing 453 hp. Wraith is the second Rolls-Royce it owns, at a much lower price of $315,700 for a 2017 model. The last car in his collection is the 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan. This car has been customized in a bright orange color, with its twin-turbocharged 6.75-liter V12 that produces 571 hp.

Odell Beckham Jr.'s social media

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Instagram@obj

 

NameOdell Cornelious Beckham Jr. 
BornNovember 5, 1992
Place of Birth Baton Rouge, Louisiana
NationalityAmerican
College Louisiana State University 
ParentsHeather Van Norman and Odell Beckham Sr.
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight200 lb (91 kg)
GirlfriendLauren Wood (ex-girlfriend), Kim Kardashian (rumored girlfriend)
Kid1 son (Zydn)
NFL Draft2014
Position in NFLWide Receiver
NFL Team

  • New York Giants (2014–2018)

  • Cleveland Browns (2019–2021)

  • Los Angeles Rams (2021)

  • Baltimore Ravens (2023–present)
Shows and PodcastsBallers (3 episodes)

Code Black (episode: Hail Mary)

Catching Odell (movie)

40 Yard dash Time4.43
Touchdowns60
Super Bowl1 (Super Bowl LVI)
Pro Bowls3
All Pros2× Second-team All-Pro
Currently Playing forBaltimore Ravens

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