NFL Play of the Year 2014-15: Winner, Video, Voting Results and Twitter Reaction
It was a very busy Saturday night for New York Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. He was first awarded with the 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, per the NFL, and got his name called again for Play of the Year.
Even though there was a lot of interest in Beckham early in his debut season, fans became obsessed with him following the insane three-finger catch against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football in Week 12, via the Giants’ official Twitter:
There was no shortage of praise for that catch in the weeks after it happened. Beckham became a meme sensation. He even acknowledged during an interview with SI Now, via SI.com, that his life was changed forever:
I’m a very humble person, I’ve been humbled a lot. So I walk into places and I just think of myself as normal and as soon as I walk in somewhere it’s ‘You wanna take a picture?’ ‘Can I get an autograph?’ or something like that. It’s just something that I’m not exactly used to and am trying to get used to.
Colts punter Pat McAfee tweeted out that his experience playing catch with Beckham at the Pro Bowl didn’t go as one might expect:
Staying with the Pro Bowl, after he made another spectacular catch on an underthrownMatthew Stafford pass, Beckham shared what might as well be his philosophy for making plays, via Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News:
Besides Bruce Arians being named Coach of the Year, the biggest lock of the night was Beckham’s catch against Dallas being honored. It took an excellent rookie wide receiver and made him into a national sensation. The NFL could just rename this award “The Odell Beckham Play of the Year” because it will be hard to top.
However, given what Beckham has shown already, no one would be surprised if he somehow finds a way to top it in 2015. It won’t be an easy task, but based on some of the catches he had in 2014, the first-round pick wouldn’t want it any other way.