EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is going to the Pro Bowl.
The NFL announced Wednesday that Beckham has been chosen to replace the injured Calvin Johnson of Detroit in the Jan. 25 game.
“It is definitely awesome,” Beckham said, according to the Giants’ official website. “It is something that means a lot to me, and I am definitely going to cherish the moment.”
Beckham, who had 91 catches for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in only 12 games, was a first alternate for the NFL’s all-star game. He is the first Giants rookie to play in the Pro Bowl since tight end Jeremy Shockey in 2002, and the team’s first wide receiver in the game since Steve Smith in 2009.
“I wish I would have made the team originally and not as an alternate, but that is okay,” Beckham said. “That is something to work for next year.”
The 12th pick overall in the draft, Beckham finished the season with four consecutive games with at least 130 yards receiving and a touchdown; seven games with over 100 yards receiving total; and nine straight games with 90 or more yards receiving. The latter tied Michael Irvin’s NFL mark, set in 1995.
“The goal (entering the season) is to be either in the Pro Bowl or the Super Bowl. That is every year,” Beckham said. “That is something you want to be able to build on and put that on your resume. (We) didn’t end up making it to the Super Bowl, but I did get the invite to the Pro Bowl, so I am very excited and blessed for the opportunity.”
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