Odell Beckham Jr. was one of the most electric players to step foot on campus at Louisiana State University. Like his forefathers before him in JaMarcus Russell and Billy Cannon, OBJ blossomed into a college football star with the LSU Tigers.
Since becoming a 2014 NFL Draft first-round pick by the New York Giants, the now Cleveland Browns wide receiver made one of the most memorable catches in NFL history, fought a kicking net and took “giving back” to his alma mater a little too literally.
The 28-year-old New Orleans native has posted five seasons of 1,000 receiving yards and 51 touchdowns in seven NFL seasons (he’s suffered injuries in a few of them), proving the three-time Pro Bowl player is one of the most productive receivers in football when healthy.
From the day he put on the No. 3 jersey at LSU, OBJ wowed fans in Baton Rouge. His 14 career touchdowns in college may not compare to Joe Burrow‘s national championships season numbers, but one of his definitely stands out from the rest.
OBJ’s 109-Yard ‘Kick Six’ Touchdown
Two months before Auburn’s Chris Davis gave us the timeless “Kick Six” against Alabama in the 2013 Iron Bowl, Odell Beckham Jr. beat him to the punch.
The LSU Tigers were already winning by a billion against the UAB Blazers in 2013 when their opponent decided to attempt a 59-yard field goal at Tiger Stadium in the third quarter. The attempt came up short and landed in Beckham Jr.’s hands 109 yards from his target: the end zone.
OBJ, who was the team’s usual punt returner, sprinted right for 20 yards then cut hard to the left. From there, he was off for the races.
That incredible missed field goal return went down officially as a 100-yard return in the NCAA record book, a feat Davis would accomplish that same season. But make no mistake, that was much farther than 100 yards.
LSU won the football game handily, 56-17. OBJ tallied 136 receiving yards, three touchdowns and a total of 331 all-purpose yards. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger set a school record with five touchdown passes, a record that wouldn’t last long thanks to Joe Burrow.
That was the second game of what would become a magical season for Beckham Jr., who caught 59 passes for 1,152 yards and eight touchdowns. LSU went on to finish the season 10-3 following Southeastern Conference losses to Georgia, Ole Miss and Alabama.
Beckham Jr. produced many highlight reel plays during his days in the SEC, establishing himself as one of the best receivers in LSU football history along with former teammate Jarvis Landry. His best moment in Baton Rouge, however, might have been his own version of the kick-six.