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Odell Beckham Jr. already in Pro Football Hall of Fame

Posted: 4:59 PM, Mar 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-13 22:31:00Z
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CANTON, Ohio — Odell Beckham Jr. may not be a Hall of Famer yet, but one of his catches is recognized as an iconic NFL moment at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

During his 2014 rookie season, Beckham reached far behind his head and snagged the football with one hand, scoring a 43-year touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys.

"It put him on the map. Everyone remembers that moment or they watched it on YouTube or whatever, so they can come here and relive that moment as well," said Saleem Choudhry, the vice president of museum/exhibit services.

On Wednesday, fans were buzzing about the trade that landed OBJ with the Cleveland Browns.

Several visitors were excited about the star wide receiver teaming up with Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb and Jarvis Landry.

"It's about time," said Bill Myers from Stow. "I don't know how teams are going to cover him to tell you the truth. You've got him and Landry. You've got Callaway. You're going to play one-one-one. Somebody is going to be open."

Mayfield's uniform from his first game is also on display at the HOF, along with the jersey Chubb wore when he set a Browns record for the longest touchdown run in team history, 92 yards.

Landry's jersey is hanging in a separate display.

He has the most receptions by an NFL player in his first five seasons.

"Everyone is talking about it. You can hear the excitement for the Browns in the air and everyone just can't wait for the 2019 season to start," Choudhry said.

Hall of Fame defensive end Charles Haley, who once held the record for the most Super Bowl rings (broken by Tom Brady), spoke to kids at the HOF about the importance of education.

During a break, Haley told News 5 that the acquisition of Beckham will put the Browns on the right path to success.

"I feel sorry for the people in the AFC. Hey, the Browns got to be excited. They got to be jumping backwards," Haley said. "If Odell does like I did when I got traded and stops worrying about me and starts worrying about we, he'll by very successful and the team will too."

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