New York Giants receiver, Odell Beckham Jr, has found a new role model for the 2015 season, his two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback.
In a blog post on his website, odellbeckhamjr.com, the Offensive Rookie of the Year says he intends to follow the example set by veteran quarterback, 'Easy E' Eli Manning.
The quiet and approachable Eli always seems to have a friendly way of rubbing-off on team-mates, opponents and the media, rarely showing a hint of pressure or frustration.
SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250 word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay5
"I’m going to follow Eli every single day. He knows what it takes to get there. He’s been there twice. Super Bowl MVP twice," wrote Beckham Jr.
"There are so many things I can learn from him. His work ethic and his mental toughness are second to none. He knows what it takes to win, and that’s something I want."
OBJ has created plenty of media hype during the off-season, and not all good, commenting on digs from team-mates about his hamstring and newly found fame but also walking out on a planned Giants media session during training camp.
Manning has said in the past that the new star needs grow a thicker skin for locker room banter and needs to learn to handle the media, particularly in New York:
"[Beckham's] still young, he's a young player, and success is coming to him quickly, he's got to learn to handle the media and abuse."
"Sometimes, hey, when things go wrong and you're not practicing, you just gotta sit there and take it, and be a man and learn from it," said Manning, who has a 'great relationship' with the receiver, in an interview with Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on WFAN.
Beckham admits he is 'working and training harder than ever' to achieve his ultimate goal - a Super Bowl ring.
"I’ve got big goals and visions for 2015. My plan is to be hoisting up that trophy at the end of the year.
"I’ve always been on great teams; I’ve just never been able to put that last piece together. So that’s the goal really, to finish the year off with a Super Bowl victory and to give me that peace of mind."
The now second-year pro would be wise to follow Manning's lead, the veteran does what is asked of him, shoulders the blame where necessary - even if it isn't fault - all to support his team-mates and franchise.
Even heading into his eleventh season, Manning is as much criticised as he is loved, who can forget the abuse in 2013?
He's the ultimate professional.
Beckham has realised this, but isn't too eager to forget his incredible 2014 - who is?
"Last year definitely won’t leave me. I don’t think it really could. Having your life change so fast and having to change so fast, it all came in a hurry.
"I’ll never change the way I play and the passion that I have for the game. It’s something that I’ll work on, but it’s so hard to control your emotions around something you truly love.
"I think my tenacity and a passion for the game has really helped me through the years."
While being forced into the media lime-light so early in his career, Beckham never forgets his team-mates and coaches are the reason he is there.
As an emotional player on the field, the St Louis game is an example, OBJ appears quite a laid back, almost quite, reserved man off it but remains humble.
"Without my entire team working with me, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to make the plays that I did last year. Our goal is a championship and we still have a lot of work to do to reach that ultimate goal.
"[I'm] Looking forward to putting this hard work and training to use come game time."
All eyes will be on Beckham Jr when pre-season training camp begins at the Quest Diagnostics Center in a week's time to see whether his hamstring has healed, and if he lives up his new approach to the job.
All we hope is to see the 'whip' in the end-zone as much as possible this season as the Giants look to return to the play-offs.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms