Odell Beckham announced himself to the world last night with an incredible one-handed touchdown grab against the Dallas Cowboys.
The insane catch looked the definition of impossible with the rookie WR having no right to haul in the ball with the angles against him and illegal pass interference from his Cowboys opponent.
The catch has since become the thing of social media legend with everyone from LeBron James to the BBC expressing their awe at the play.
But while there is no doubt Odell Beckham Jr deserves all the praise that is heading his way right now, it is his former roommate at college that had a key role to play in allowing Beckham to shine so brightly in front of the primetime cameras on Sunday evening.
Jarvis Landry, selected in the 2014 draft by the Miami Dolphins, was a teammate of Odell Beckham's at LSU. Their careers have followed a very similar trajectory having both debuted for the Tigers as freshman in 2011, roomed together during their first year of college football, before both electing for the 2014 draft and finding themselves playing in the NFL.
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"It was Jarvis who started making the one-handed catches at practice. And when he did it, Odell had to do it," Les Miles
Having spent so much time on the practice field together the two challenged, motivated, and inspired one-another - helping them both achieve their NFL dream in the process.
And one such challenge thrown down by Landry was the one-handed catch.
As described by Beckham and Landry's former coach at LSU, Les Miles:
"I think—and I might be wrong—it was Jarvis who started making the one-handed catches at practice. And when he did it, Odell had to do it.
"At first, you know, the coach in me said, ‘Use two hands!’ But there are some catches you can’t use two hands to make. There are some balls you’ll just never get two hands on.”
The duo would apparently spends time during practice, and after back at their dorms, perfecting the one-handed grab to the awe of their teammates and coaches.
"We saw in practice. We would stop and watch these one-handed catches Odell and Jarvis would make in practice," Miles told Sports Illustrated.
"Let me tell you, it was nothing you have ever seen in other players. That’s why their old teammates would say today, ‘We have seen this before.’ ”
And Odell Beckham's amazing catch jogged the memories of the duo's former LSU teammates too last night.
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