Just a few short months have passed since Odell Beckham Jr. received an offer he simply couldn't resist. Following a triumphant return from injury and a series of team changes, the football star found his new home with the Ravens.
The impressive $15 million deal for a one-year contract was a testament to Beckham's talent and potential, even after spending approximately 14 months on the sidelines due to an ACL injury. Amid his comeback, there's a fresh update from the Pro Bowl receiver.
Beckham, who had been through multiple team transitions in recent years, made his mark with the Ravens. However, he recently made a significant sacrifice by parting with a cherished possession that had been in his possession for several years.
The object of his affection was a jersey number, 84, which he generously passed on to Jalin Hyatt, a promising rookie drafted in the third round by the Giants this season. Beckham gave his seal of approval to this handover.
Hyatt's Number Change Sparks Controversy
But Hyatt's decision to switch from 84 to 13 stirred up immediate controversy. The number 13 held immense sentimental value for Beckham, who had worn it during five glorious years with the team.
In an interview, Hyatt shared his deep respect for Beckham and his personal preference for a lower jersey number. Initially, he had his eyes set on 11, a number once donned by QB Phil Simms and now retired by the team. Settling for his second choice, 13, he set off discussions among fans and critics alike.
Beckham, once known for his social media presence on Twitter, now referred to as the X, took to the platform to show his support for Hyatt's bold move. In a tweet, he wrote, "ROCK OUT ONE THREE," directly tagging the rookie WR.
Hyatt responded with warmth, saying, "Love family!" While this development has evoked mixed responses from fans, the endorsement from the previous jersey-holder himself carries considerable weight. As for the Ravens' prospects this season, they navigated a challenging preseason marked by the absence of several key players.
The spotlight shifted to rookies, among them WR Zay Flowers, who dazzled observers with their exceptional skills on the field. Concerns lingered about star Quarterback Lamar Jackson's susceptibility to injury, given his absence from five games in each of the past two seasons.
The disappointment of last season's playoff upset still lingers, but Jackson remains a standout talent and is already being touted as a potential MVP candidate for the upcoming season by some experts.