Odell Beckham Jr is an American football player who plays in the National Football League (NFL) for New York Giants. Since his Journey into the NFL, Odell has remained a highly significant player who has already set a lot of records as a rookie. While he has been rather interesting on the field, his personal life has also pulled a lot of interest. Here is what you should know about him.
It was on November 5, 1992, that the NFL wide receiver was born as Odell Cornelious Beckham Jr. in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. While growing up, he had his eyes on various sports including basketball and track events.
For his education, Odell attended the Isidore Newman School in New Orleans before moving to the Louisiana State University where he played college football. He got to learn everything in the game from his father who also played in his early days.
In his college days, Odell Beckham Jr was named a freshman All-SEC selection. He continued making great runs in football until he made it to the 2014 NFL Draft where he was selected by the New York Giants.
Through his professional life thus far, he has been decorated with the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year when he began in 2014, as well as the PFWA All-Rookie Team. He has made it to 3 pro bowls and 2 Second-team All-Pro.
Parents, Brother, Cousin
Odell Beckham, Jr. is basically a product of his parents. Not in the biological sense, but in the athletic sense, this is because he inherited his athletic abilities from his family.
His father, Odell Sr., once played as a running back while he was at LSU. That was in the 90s, and after he was through with his education, he moved on to play for some time in the Arena League before he bowed out. Just as his father was a sportsperson, so also was his mother, Heather Van Norman who ran tracks when she was in school. In fact, she could have made it to the Olympics, but when she was training for the event in 1992, she discovered that she was pregnant with Odell.
Heather Van Norman who was dominant during her High School days when it came to track events and has won 3 NCAA outdoor titles among other titles, would go on to be a coach on track. She has coached different teams including Green Wave athletes and Nicholls track & field.
What makes it even more interesting is that his step-father, Derek Mills was also a runner who represented the United States in the Olympics. He won a gold medal during the event in 1996.
Other members of his family are his younger brother, Kordell Beckham who was born in 2002 and a sister, Jasmine Beckham. He has a cousin, Terron Beckham who also has his eyes on the NFL.
Is Odell Beckham Jr Gay? Wife, Girlfriend
The NFL star has been in a number of relationships in the past even as he is yet to have a wife or even a son or daughter. That said, Ordell like many other stars, has suffered his own fair share of rumors most especially as regards his sexuality with many people insisting he is gay. In fact, there were gay slurs that were once thrown at him in 2015 before the Giants vs. Panthers game.
Although the rumors that he is gay has sustained for years, he is actually straight. One of his closest pals, Amber Rose has had to come out to confirm that as far as she knows, he is 150% straight.
Among women who have had some form of relationship with Odell Beckham Jr. not necessarily as girlfriends are Amber Rose, Khloe Kardashian, and Bella Hadid. In 2017, it was reported that he was in a relationship with Iggy Azalea but the relationship led nowhere. Before starting the alleged Iggy relationship, he was linked to American actress Zendaya, but she was soon to come out and dispel the rumor.
His present girlfriend is Polyxeni Ferfeli. The Instagram model and the American football player have been dating since 2017. As at April 2018, they were still enjoying the relationship.
Beckham Jr has a net worth that is estimated at $8 million. This is as he receives a salary of $1.9 million. Soon, he may get his net worth shooting even higher as he is expected to get a new contract.