Blame Drake for Making Odell Beckham Jr. Great

Blame Drake for Making Odell Beckham Jr. Great

Giants wide receiver reveals how Drizzy motivates him.

Published October 30, 2015

Steel sharpens steel.

Drake being at the top of the rap game is pushing a particular star athlete to keep ascending to new heights—and that's Odell Beckham Jr.

The New York Giants' star wide receiver says the rapper's music motivates him to be as great in football as Drizzy is in rhyming.

"Whether he knows it or not, he motivates me," Beckham recently told Rolling Stone, as part of the magazine's The Die Hards series, which focuses on athletes and artists' fandom for each other. "'Energy' is one of his songs I'll listen to before the game. [When] he's talking about, 'Got a lot of people trying to drain me of this energy,' he's talking about what's inside of him that makes him who he is. It does get draining, because you want to give that to people, you want to see other people be great as well. I'm waiting for somebody to come along and do some crazy catch!"

Taking his appreciation for Drake a step further, Beckham said it's almost like the "Hotline Bling" MC makes some of his music, while thinking about the Giants wide receiver.

"A lot of his songs, it's almost as if he wrote them and had me in mind," Beckham continued. "All of his music was about what he's experienced or what he's gone through—he's never tried to put on. He's always been exactly who he said he was. It's about taking a leap of faith, being bold, being who you are."

Beckham added that he and Drizzy became friends after he attended some of the rapper's shows and that there's a mutual respect between the two.

"We have respect for each other," he said. "Like he said, 'If I die, I'm a legend.' He's a legend forever."

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

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