Odell Beckham thinks NFL players should be paid more, for this reason

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Odell Beckham Jr. was a headline making sensation during his rookie NFL season, and he's carried that trend on through the offseason.

After creating news based on crazy plays and record setting stat lines, the New York Giants wide receiver has kept in the public eye with a Madden cover win and his personal LeBron James love in during the NBA playoffs.

More money

And ODB is sure to be talked about once again after his most recent comments, claiming that NFL players should be paid more because of one critical factor that separates their sport from the rest.

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Speaking to The Huffington Post, Beckham Jr. went on record to claim the league's current players should be better compensated for putting their bodies through so much every Sunday.

"I think we should make more money, personally," he explained.

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"I understand that basketball plays 80-something games, baseball plays this many games, soccer plays that many games, but this is a sport that’s most-watched in America. A sport where there’s more injuries. There’s more collisions."

"It’s not even a full-contact sport, I would call it a full-collision sport. You have people running who can run 20 miles per hour and they’re running downhill to hit you, and you’re running 18 miles per hour. That’s a car wreck."

Odell Beckham may be one of the NFL's hottest properties but, only one year into his rookie contract, he isn't yet on one of the game's mega contracts. 

Still with average salaries of $420,000 in the NFL, and the likes of Jay Cutler and Colin Kaepernick on over $110 million deals, there will be many looking on that will struggle to find sympathy for such high paid young athletes.

High risk

Beckham's point though - that players are running the risk of serious injury - is a valid one.

"It’s just the careers are shorter. There’s injuries that you have after you leave the game, brain injuries, whatever it is, nerve injuries. And it’s just something that I feel as if there’s no way someone who - even if they did their three or four years in the league - should have to worry about money for the rest of their lives."

With a host of former NFL players having had issues with concussion and brain trauma in retirement the league is currently coming under fire for failing to properly protect and compensate their former employees. 

A recent lawsuit concerning the issue was recently approved that could see the NFL owing up to $1 billion over the next 65 years so perhaps the Giants man is onto something here.

NFL fans: Do you think players should be paid more because of the risks they take? Let us know in the comments section below...

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