2014 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odell Beckham has revealed that he contemplated retiring from the game after suffering a gruesome ankle injury at the beginning of the 2017 season. Back in October 2017 -- when Beckham's former team New York Giants played the San Diego Chargers -- Beckham ran a quick slant inside and jumped in an attempt to catch a high pass but when he came down, he did so awkwardly and fractured his ankle.
Everyone at the stadium knew that Beckham had suffered a serious injury and that his season was over in only Week 4 of the 2017 NFL season. "I thought about not playing no more," Beckham revealed on his YouTube channel, via TMZ.
"Like, this is not really it for me. "I said this in college, I said, 'I fear the day that they make this game a business and not what I love.' And when I seen that for the first time ... after breaking my ankle, like, I thought about not playing no more ...
they've ruined the game of football for me a little bit." It didn't take long for Beckham to become one of the most popular wide receivers in the game as his attractive one-handed catches made him a fan favorite.
Beckham collected double-digit touchdowns in each of his first three season in the league and also made the Pro Bowl for three consecutive years, 2014-2016.
Beckham thought about retiring but couldn't let his fans down
Beckham, who as already mentioned is one of the most popular players in the league, thought about calling it a career but he then remembered his fans and that changed his mind.
"When I be on the sideline, and that little kid is, 'Do the whip! Dance!'" Beckham said, "Like, that sh*t is what fueled me. That's what fueled me." Last offseason, the Giants traded Beckham to the Cleveland Browns -- who already had a talented offensive group -- but after the addition of Beckham, they overnight became one of the most offensively talented teams in the league.
But unfortunately the extremely talented and gifted Browns offensive group failed to build a team chemistry last season and the team disappointingly failed to make the postseason. Beckham himself had a down year and he is eager to have a big bounce back season.
"I understand the game now," Beckham said. "That's why you see the [bleached-blonde haircut] is back. There's nothing you could tell me."