Englewood, CA – The future of the Los Angeles Rams Odell Beckham Jr. He went from agonizing over a knee injury to celebrating his first Super Bowl Sunday night.
For the veteran receiver, it was “part of the plan”.
Here’s what he told CBS Sports after the Rams’ 23-20 Super Bowl LVI win against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Beckham injured his left knee in a non-contact match with 3 minutes, 50 seconds left in the second quarter and was disqualified in the first half. But he eventually returned to the sideline and watched his teammates pull off a late victory.
He said, “That’s all I ever dreamed of, you know.” CBS Sports. “And there was a moment when I was in the back room and they told me I was done, I couldn’t play. And I had to go back in there and be a part of this because it’s so much bigger than me. And these boys made it happen.”
Beckham was running towards the right side of the field on a crossing road, but it looked as if his left foot got stuck in the grass. He dropped a pass from the midfielder Matthew Stafford He caught his left leg as he fell on the grass.
Beckham took off his helmet on the ground and was quickly looked at by the sports coaches on the field before helping him. He was checked briefly in the medical tent on the sidelines of rams before heading to the locker room.
It was listed as questionable for a comeback at halftime. With less than five minutes left in the third quarter, Rams officially cut Beckham.
“We don’t know yet, we’ll wait to hear,” he told CBS Sports when asked about the extent of the injury.
The Rams’ attack struggled after losing to Beckham, who had receptions for 52 yards and scored the first touchdown of the game when he overcame Mike Hilton In the right corner of the end zone for a score of 17 yards. But Stafford ultimately engineered the winning campaign in the final quarter of Los Angeles’ victory.
Veteran Rams Receiver Robert Woodswho has been out since November with a ruptured ACL, said he rested Beckham in the first half.
“Yeah, I did spend some time with him in the locker room before I went out after halftime, and I really carried him on,” Woods said. “It’s tough. He’s dealt a lot, I’d say all his career…but just being able to hold him and say, ‘I’m right with you.’ I’ll be here every step of the way. Every day to rehab… He’s a competitor I know he’s He will come back stronger and I hope he comes back with us.”
According to ESPN Stats & Information Research, Stafford was 2 of 6 for 25 yards and an interception in the first half after Beckham was injured. He started 10 of 12 for 140 yards and two touchdowns, one for Beckham.
Beckham was signed by the Rams after being released by the Cleveland Browns mid-season. After a slow start to his career at the Rams, Beckham made the post-season run. In three NFC playoffs, he had 19 goals in 23 goals for 236 yards and touchdowns, by 31 yards. It was second only to cooper cup In receptions and squares.
Beckham tore left ACL in 2020 while with Brown. It’s set to become an unrestricted free agent next month.
ESPN staff writer Brady Henderson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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