The last time football fans across the world watched veteran wide received Odell Beckham Jr. grace a gridiron field was all the way back in February 2021, on Super Bowl LVI, as a member of the Los Angeles Rams.
Now, after more than two years of rehabbing from an ACL injury suffered that night and having won the chip with the Rams under the guidance of Head Coach Sean McVay, OBJ is expected back on the field--as the leading wideout of the Baltimore Ravens.
A few days ago, the still coach of the Rams revealed a conversation he had with the staff of LA before the franchise decided to sign Beckham (who had already suffered an ACL injury before) prior to the 2021 season while appearing in an episode of The Pivot podcast.
"[Beckham] finally decides he’s gonna come to the Rams,” McVay said. “[He took] a physical. After he had [suffered] the ACL, if [his] knee’s feeling good as [he's] rehabbing [he's] not getting another MRI to look at it to see if it’s stable," the coach continued. "Well, part of the physical is the MRI. And so the MRI reveals basically, [he doesn’t] have an ACL."
McVay then followed that up with the words that team doctor Neal ElAttrache told him following that development: "Hey, we gotta sit down and let Odell know about this."
A bit later, McVay revealed that Beckham talked and listened to the coach breaking the news to him, answering "Look, we’re going till the wheels fall off."
Following the release of the podcast episode, and just a few hours later, the very own OBJ took to Twitter to show coach McVay all of the love he could thanking his former leader for trusting him and making it possible for the veteran receiver to finally win the Super Bowl as a member of the Rams organization.
"Coach Mcvay, you changed my life forever man.," Beckham wrote. "Grateful I had that experience wit u, single handedly changed my life. Love and miss them boys over there," he finished.
Following his SB injury, though, Beckham and the Rams couldn't agree to terms on an extension and the veteran wideout decided not to sign another deal until he felt strong and comfortable enough with his rehabilitation process.
That, ultimately, made it possible for the Ravens to close a deal with OBJ this past spring. Baltimore inked Beckham to a one-year, $15 million deal to roster him and help QB Lamar Jackson to elevate the Ravens' offense as they plan to make a deep postseason run in 2023 and win what would be Beckham's second Super Bowl.