The whole world knows the name Odell Beckham Jr., the All-Pro wide receiver has been in the news since 2014 for a handful of reasons, some good some not so good. If you don’t know, Odell Beckham Jr. is a rockstar world famous wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns. Beckham Jr. is a 27 year old professional football player from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and he lives at the pinnacle of success and swagger.
A majority of the world knows Beckham Jr. by the hair style he made popular for every athlete between the ages of 5-25. A faux hawk with the top bleached blonde to make sure that the first thing people notice is your hair.
Odell achieved superstar status when he made his own rendition of “The Catch” against the Dallas Cowboys in 2014
A lot of us can agree and say that Odell is a top 10 receiver in the NFL and overall has had a decent career, but I think I’ve spotted what made Odell Beckham Jr. so dominant in his first few years in the league. His hair.
Beckham was traded from the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns in 2019, and shortly after the trade, Beckham Jr. cut his hair. Beckham Jr debuted his new cut at the 2019 ESPY awards in Los Angeles, CA and you can get a sense of how big a star Odell Beckham Jr. is when him cutting his hair is a Hollywood headline.
Beckham Jr.’s first three years in the league were tremendous, just take a look at 2014-2016,
He won NFL Offensive Rookie of the year in 2014, was a Pro Bowler from 2014-2016 and he was 2nd team All-Pro in 2015 and 2016. Beckham Jr. was a young star in the league and there was no denying it. And this is how he looked his rookie and sophomore year.
Beckham Jr. had an elite year in 2016, he even got engaged (below), followed by a freak injury in 2017 (more below)
and then he cut his hair….
Beckham Jr. cutting his hair was potentially the worst career move he could have possibly made as a professional football player, worse than getting injured. His stats were declining after the injury and he had gotten traded months prior, that’s just a move that you can’t do. You can’t strip away your identity and hope to start fresh in a new city. You have to stick with your guns and stick with what got you to the show in the first place.
Odell had a rough year in 2018, but that could have been attributed to many things: playing with a declining Eli Manning or playing for a new coach in Pat Shurmur.
After being traded in the 2019 offseason and making the terrible decision of cutting his hair before the ESPY’s OBJ pulled up to Browns training camp looking like new man.
So let’s go back and look at the facts:
- Odell stats began to decline after the 2018 season
- Odell cut his hair after the 2018 season
- Rookie of the year 2014 with blonde hair
- No awards in 2018 or 2019
I think its pretty clear cut what’s going on here, OBJ’s hair held all the power. I think if he wants to help Baker Mayfield become elite and help make the Browns competitive and help them win an championship in 2020, he’s going to have to make an appointment at his local salon. Any Cleveland area salons with me? Reach out to your boy.