The NFL has announced that New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham will play in the Pro Bowl on January 25. Last month it was announced that Beckham had been voted a first-alternate to the Pro Bowl. But with Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson dropping out of the game due to an injury, Beckham will now go in his place.
Beckham will be the first Giants rookie to play in the Pro Bowl since tight end Jeremy Shockey in 2002. He will be the team’s first wide receiver in the game since Victor Cruz in 2012. Beckham is the first Giants rookie wide receiver ever selected to the Pro Bowl.
Beckham finished the season with 91 catches for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns, all franchise rookie records. He also set a franchise record averaging 108.8 yards per game. Beckham set NFL records for most catches and yards in the first 12 games to start a career and tied an NFL record for with at least 90 receiving yards in nine consecutive games.
“It is definitely awesome,” Beckham said in press release. “It is something that means a lot to me, and I am definitely going to cherish the moment. I’m very excited to be going to the Pro Bowl.
“The goal (entering the season) is to be either in the Pro Bowl or the Super Bowl. That is every year. That is something you want to be able to build on and put that on your resume. (We) didn’t end up making it to the Super Bowl, but I did get the invite to the Pro Bowl, so I am very excited and blessed for the opportunity.”
Beckham said he is excited to be playing with other elite receivers.
“Anytime as an offensive player there is a lot of offense on the field, it is definitely going to be a game that you are into,” Beckham said. “I’m very blessed for the opportunity and I am looking forward to it… It’s exciting just being able to learn from (the best) and see them every day. They are some of the best in the league, and it is definitely going to be an experience that is going to be one to remember.
“I definitely thought there was a chance I would play (in the game). I wish I would have made the team originally and not as an alternate, but that is okay. That is something to work for next year.”