Odell Beckham Jr.’s Connection to the Manning Family

Odell Beckham Jr. is a force to be reckoned with in the NFL. He was the 12th player picked in the 2014 NFL Draft and made an immediate impact on his new team, the New York Giants. In his first season, Beckham was named NFL Rookie of the Week four times, went to the Pro Bowl, and was named Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Over the course of his first year in the NFL, Odell Beckham Jr. caught 12 touchdown passes. Each of them was thrown to him by Eli Manning. A quarterback and a receiver hold a special bond, they have to. But the connection between Beckham and the Manning family goes beyond his association with teammate Eli Manning.

Odell Beckham Jr. went to high school at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Louisiana. While playing football at Isidore Newman, Beckham not only played wide receiver, but also saw significant time at running back and quarterback on offense, as well as cornerback on defense. He caught 10 touchdown passes as a junior and 19 as a senior. He also lettered in basketball and track while in high school.

Isidore Newman School has a top reputation in the New Orleans area and some very famous alumni. NFL quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Eli Manning both played for the school as teenagers. Teaming up in the NFL with an alumni from your old high school has to be a very welcoming feeling. In that senior year at Newman, Odell Beckham Jr. caught 50 balls for 1,010 yards. This made him just the second player in school history to have a 1,000 yard receiving season. The first? Peyton and Eli Manning’s older brother, Cooper.

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