news / Odell Beckham thinks he could have been a pro soccer player

Spent some time in England and got an opportunity to talk about the other type of football, soccer. Not many know that I used to play a lot when I was younger. I loved it. Still do. But I chose football to stay with my family. Just too important to me to leave at that young age.


From NBC Sports,

For a guy who can do such amazing things with his hands, Odell Beckham Jr. thinks he could have made a living with his feet as well.

The Giants wide receiver said during appearance on the English talk show “Soccer AM” (via that he had to make a tough decision as a teenager.

Odell Beckham Jr used to play soccer

“I started when I was three years old and played until I was about 14,” Beckham said. “My coach was pushing to try and get me on the national team and tryout. At that age, you’re 13, 14 years old you know that to make it big in soccer you are probably going to have to go overseas. Obviously that would be a goal and that would be the dream. At that age it would have been hard for me to leave my family and just go.

“I played every other sport, soccer, basketball, baseball, football. And I just said, ‘I don’t think I can leave my family.’ So that’s when I kind of put the soccer dreams aside and stuck close to home with the other sports.”

Beckham described himself as a “Neymar, Messi type of guy” as a soccer player, which would be like some South American teenager declaring that he had “hands like Odell Beckham” while playing a sport that doesn’t require them.



By Darin Gantt | NBC Sports | March 2, 2015