Odell Beckham Jr. Apr 13, 2023; Owings Mills, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (center), head coach John Harbaugh (left), and executive vice president & general manager Eric DeCosta (right) pose with his jersey at his introduction press conference at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Reggie Hildred-USA TODAY Sports

Odell Beckham Jr.’s Baltimore Ravens introductory presser certainly had its sound bites.

Beckham, who signed a one-year, $15 million deal with the Ravens this week, claimed that Baltimore’s underdog mentality resonated with him throughout free agency. Beckham has been a free agent since tearing his ACL in Super Bowl LVI. While he flirted with many teams throughout last season, a deal never materialized until this past week.

“I was an underdog all my life,” Beckham claimed Thursday. “I wasn’t the number one receiver in my class. I was a four-star. I didn’t have it easy coming up until I got to New York and had success. I’ve been the underdog all my life. I’ve still been counted out. I’m still counted out. That kind of excites me.”

Coming out of high school, Rivals considered Beckham to be the No. 6 wide receiver in his recruiting class and the No. 43 overall prospect nationally. He was also the third wide receiver taken in the 2014 NFL Draft, behind Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans, who both were selected in the top 10.

Needless to say, those in the sports world were confused by Beckham’s comments and made sure to roast him on social media:

“Talk to anyone who grew up playing sports in New Orleans around the time OBJ was coming up and they’ll tell stories as if they’re describing a mix of Jerry Rice, Michael Jordan and Lionel Messi,” tweeted PFF’s Brad Speilberger.

“Bro you literally came in a family of athletes, went to LSU and was a first round pick” said Carlos Baldwin on Twitter. “When were you the underdog?”

“Rivals had him as the #6 WR in America coming out of high school, he went to one of college football’s premiere programs on a full scholarship and was drafted 12th in the #NFLDraft. The underdog stuff must have happened before all that,” wrote Andrew Goldwasser.

“I feel like the most underrated trait in a successful professional athlete is to convince yourself you’re an underdog even when you’re clearly not,” said another Twitter user.

[NFL, Rivals]

About Sam Neumann

Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.