Giants' Sensational Receiver 'Honored,' Not Worried About Curse

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Odell Beckham Jr.’s breakout tour continues. New York Giants fans just hope his latest honor doesn’t come with a curse.

Beckham will appear on the cover of EA Sports’ popular video game “Madden NFL 16,” beating out New England tight end Rob Gronkowski in the final round of voting.

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Beckham called the honor “mind-blowing” after spending just one year in the league.

“I’m definitely excited, definitely honored,” he said after Wednesday’s announcement on ESPN. “I’m kind of at a loss for words.”

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The 22-year-old wide receiver is the youngest “Madden” cover boy ever, according to ESPN.

“Odell Beckham Jr. is a true playmaker and a perfect fit for this year’s game,” EA Sports senior marketing director Randy Chase said in a statement. “He’s an unstoppable force out on the field, and the Madden NFL 16 cover is further vindication that the fans believe he’s a player to watch in the coming years.”

Now, about that “Madden Curse.” Beckham indicated on Twitter he’s not worried the jinx that plagued stars like Michael Vick, Brett Favre, Donovan McNabb and Shaun Alexander. And as pointed out by ESPN, wide receivers Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald fared well after appearing on the “Madden” cover.

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A first-round pick in 2014, Beckham had 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Giants en route to a Pro Bowl appearance and the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. He put up video-game numbers despite missing the first four games of the season, and became a household name thanks to a sensational one-handed touchdown catch against Dallas in November.