– When you’re with Odell Beckham, and the years you’ve been in this league, do you like the path he’s taking because it’s courageous? Or are there times you want to say, listen, young fella, I’ve made some mistakes? How is your relationship with him, and how do you– what do you make of the path he is taking?
– You know, I love the path that he’s taking. He’s a trailblazer, and you know, I think it’s bigger than basketball. You know, that was a good illustration, but it wasn’t great. It wasn’t great because he’s on the the level of international soccer player.
That’s how big Odell Beckham is. That’s how big his brand is. I’ve been in cities with him where there’s literally people chasing our Uber car, trying to get his autograph.
I’ve never seen anything like this. The NFL has never seen anything like this. He is the first player– maybe Tom Brady is close, but he is the first NFL player that is a global icon. And this is– he’s not even in his prime yet.
Now, being real, of course, this kid is– when he just turned 24, you know, of course, you know, there’s things that he’s done that, you know, he shouldn’t have or things that he would love to take back. But that’s part of the maturation process. Right? You know?
But what happens is we throw these kids, men and women, in the spotlight, and they’re still kids, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25. And they’re growing up in front of us, and we hold them to a higher standard because they are public figures. But I think we always have to remember that, you know, that’s part of the process, and they’re just living out their lives on the screen.