Football is not for the faint of heart. It’s a game of physicality, confrontation, and strength. Though the players have to live and breathe football for the better part of every day, they still have interests outside of football. For New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, that interest is fashion.
But how exactly does a football player legitimize his interest in style? Sits front row at fashion shows with some of the industry’s biggest names. “I’ve really been adapting to my surroundings.” But Odell hasn’t just adapted to it — he’s embraced it.
It all starts with Odell’s unshakable, unmistakable confidence. Shy people don’t make grabs like Odell did against the Cowboys last season. As confident as he is on the field, he may be even more so off it. “If somebody else put on the same thing as me, I’d look better,” he said.
For many players, fashion is a way to express their personalities off the field. With restrictions on their on-field gear, players have to turn to their off-field looks to show their true styles. Fashion brings a whole new level of swag for players, and Odell claims that swag translates to the field. “If you look good, you feel good, you play good. Your off-the-field swag has to do with how you play and perform on the field.” And if someone has swag, it’s definitely Odell.
When you think about Odell’s future, dominating the gridiron is an obvious answer. The not so obvious answer is maybe venturing deeper into the fashion world. Although he didn’t share exactly what he’d want to design, we have a pretty good feeling it would have something to do with shoes. “I’m definitely into shoes,” he said. “They are a way of expressing yourself. I like the shoes most people wouldn’t put on.”
It’s safe to assume we’d be a major fan of that.
Check out the video below to see Odell talking about his style while wearing Nike Tech Fleece.
Nike Sportswear dresses their latest release of the popular Air Max Express hybrid in a color scheme inspired by the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants.
Releasing alongside the Giants-inspired Air Max Speed Turf, the Max Express Nike training shoes display a traditional G-Men color scheme over its Hyperfuse-based build. Game royal covers most of the upper, while white his the Diamond Turf inspired midfoot strap and Air Griffey Max 2 inspired tooling below. Hits of gym red finish off the Giants Air Max Express, hitting the CB ’94 tongue branding, Swoosh outline and heel Air unit.
The Nike Air Max Express is now available here at Eastbay in a variety of colorways, including this Giants-inspired edition previewed here today.
In the first week of the NFL season, Tony Romo threw three touchdown passes to spoil the New York Giants’ home opener. However, the Giants have went 6-1 since, while the Cowboys have rolled off an unimpressive 2-4 run. With the defending champs now firing on all cylinders, Sunday’s second meeting between the two teams had long-term division title implications, as the Giants couldn’t afford another loss to a rival.
Early in the game, it looked like New York would coast to a decisive win. They scored the game’s first 23 points, including three Lawrence Tynes field goals, an Andre Brown run and Jason Pierre-Paul interception. However, the Cowboys responded by scoring 24 unanswered points of their own between the middle of the second and third quarters. Dallas entered the final frame holding a 24-23 advantage, but the game’s most clutch quarterback stood on the opposing sideline.
The Giants turned up the defense in the fourth, forcing a fumble and picking of off a Tony Romo pass on Dallas’ first two possessions. Tynes successfully converted two field goals in the quarter, giving New York a 29-24 lead. Romo found wide receiver Dez Bryant late for what appeared to be a miracle game-winning touchdown pass, but it was called back after review showed Bryant landing out of bounds. Time then expired on Dallas and the Giants picked up the revenge win they were looking for.
Also in Week 8, the Miami Dolphins picked up their third straight win by blowing out the division rival New York Jets; Andrew Luck guided the Indianapolis Colts to their fourth win of the season against the Tennessee Titans; the New England Patriots blasted the St. Louis Rams at Wembley Stadium; the Atlanta Falcons stayed perfect by topping the troubled Philadelphia Eagles; the Detroit Lions picked up a big win against the Seattle Seahawks; the Chicago Bears found a way to hold off the Carolina Panthers to move to 6-1; Peyton and the Denver Broncos continued their turnaround with a dominant victory over the New Orleans Saints; and the San Francisco 49ers sent the Arizona Cardinals back down to earth by limiting them to just 3 points at home on Monday night.
If you’re a New York Giants fan, there’s no doubt that you’re looking for gear to commemorate your team’s triumphant 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. Those looking to bring home the Reebok t-shirts and hats worn by Giants players like Eli Manning during the post-game celebration and inside the locker room can do so today. In addition to the Reebok Super Bowl Champions Locker Room Hat and T-Shirt, you can pick up the women’s Locker Room T-Shirt, Gridiron Champ Long Sleeve and Super Bowl Champs Performance Shirt. Each item is officially licensed by Reebok and the NFL.
Stop by Eastbay to grab your New York Giants Super Bowl Championship gear today.
In the world of sports there have been some pretty impressive sibling duos: Venus and Serena Williams in tennis, B.J. and Justin Upton in baseball, Cheryl and Reggie Miller in hoops and possibly the most famous, Eli and Peyton Manning in football.
Kevin scores a touchdown against the Jaguars and Terry in goal for the Sounders
In this case, I’ve come across a pretty cool pair of brothers that play different sports, both on the professional level. One happens to catch passes from Eli Manning and the other is a professional soccer player. Kevin Boss is a 6’6″, 253-pound tight end for New York Giants on the East Coast and his older brother Terry is a 6’3″, 205-pound goalkeeper for the Seattle Sounders on the West Coast.
Kevin and Terry grew up in the small logging town of Philomath, Oregon, about five miles west of Corvallis, where they were raised by their parents, Bob and Teresa Boss.
Boss brothers as youngsters
When asked about both of his children becoming pro athletes Bob says, “I had no idea that we’d be at this level, but in hindsight they were always playing at a high level. I still kinda pinch myself and feel pretty blessed that it’s worked out as it has. They continued to pursue this and it’s worked for them.” When I talked with Kevin about playing sports as a youngster he said, “For as long as I can remember I’ve been playing sports and watching sports and have just always been a sports fanatic.” Terry, who is two and a half years older than Kevin says, “We grew up in a pretty small town and I can’t remember a day growing up where we weren’t on the basketball court playing or playing football or doing something. I think we spent the majority of our childhood outside playing sports.”
Terry and Kevin before soccer
When asked about his kids playing sports when they were younger, Bob tells me, “Both of them started out playing soccer at a pretty young age. We had AYSO soccer and I coached them both very early on. I was a fan of the game and learned just enough to coach them at the first- through fifth- or sixth-grade level and then turned it over to somebody that really knew the game. In seventh-grade, Kevin decided that he’d much rather play football and Terry obviously continued to play soccer.”
Terry played soccer as a kid and into high school where he was a central defender. He switched over to playing in the goal late in his senior year. From there it sounds like it’s been an interesting road for the elder Boss. Here it is in his words: “I just remember being in the goal and knowing it was something I was supposed to be doing. It just felt so natural that it took off and I played my senior season in the goal and some doors opened to go to college. Even in college I was young and raw but I put a lot of time and work into trying to turn that raw athleticism into being a good goal keeper. I got hurt my senior season (at the University of Tulsa) and only ended up playing eight games, so I didn’t get a lot of looks right out of college. I went to a few combines and ended up signing with a second division team and bounced around a few first and second division teams before getting my chance with the New York Red Bulls a few years ago. Then I was shipped to Seattle last June. Seattle is a lot different than New York. I loved being in New York with my brother but it’s nice to be back on the West Coast since I grew up about four hours from Seattle. The Sounders have 36,000 fans every single game where in New York there might have been 10,000 if you’re lucky. The Stadium here is electric; it’s an amazing place to be in terms of soccer, it’s a great organization.”
Kevin visiting Terry at college
As far as Kevin goes, when he transitioned away from soccer in seventh grade, he focused on football and basketball. Here’s Kevin’s sports path according to him: “I played football and basketball in high school. I loved playing football and basketball but throughout high school basketball was the main focus for me. I wasn’t heavily recruited out of high school. I wasn’t really proactive in the recruiting process because it wasn’t until really late in my senior year that I decided that I was going to play football instead of basketball. Throughout high school it was always basketball basketball basketball. I was going to basketball camps, traveling with teams and I just enjoyed playing football with my buddies. We won the state championship in basketball my senior year and in football we lost in the first round of playoffs. I remember walking off the field thinking I still felt like wanted to play but wasn’t sure if I was going to. I felt like I hadn’t reached my potential in football. As far as recruiting goes, there wasn’t a lot of interest. Schools didn’t send me a lot of letters but Western Oregon was one of the few schools that came to watch me play. They were kind of late in the process too. The football coaches just came to watch me play basketball. They just wanted to see my athleticism. I ended up going to Western Oregon to play football and basketball.”
When asked about when he chose football over basketball, Kevin says, “When I got to college, my focus was flip flopped. I played two years of basketball just for fun and am glad I had the opportunity to do that. Junior year, I started to realize that I might be able to keep playing football (after college), so I started putting more focus into that. My senior year, I started getting contacted by scouts. Some doors opened and I was able to perform well and was able to get drafted.” The Giants drafted Kevin in the fifth round of the 2007 draft with the 153rd overall pick. He didn’t play the first eight games of the season but made contributions in some of the key games during the Giants’ run to the Super Bowl. In Super Bowl XLII, he had one catch for 45 yards, helping the Giants knocked off the Patriots who were undefeated at the time, which may go down as one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history. That victory, along with winning the state basketball title in high school, are a couple of Kevin’s favorite sports memories.
Terry visiting Kevin at college
Though they’re very close and supportive of each other, they say they’ve always been extremely competitive. When the Boss brothers were younger, they played a lot of games together. Kevin says, “We were pretty competitive in everything. We’d play videos games and if I beat him we’d end up arguing and play until he beat me or the other way around. We’d be out on the basketball court til all hours of the night playing one on one and just different sports. As far as being real competitive individuals, there was definitely some sibling rivalry. We both have that competitive drive. We both want to win at everything. Growing up we’d always give (Terry) a hard time because he would take it to another level. I’d accuse him of cheating in board games and cards.”
While Kevin mentions sibling rivalry, in the time that I talked to both of the Boss brothers and their dad, I could tell they’re a very close family and there is plenty of love and support to go around. When asked about his sons, Bob Boss says, “They’ve never taken any of this for granted. They’ve worked really hard for what they’ve achieved. They know this will come and go and there’s something thereafter in terms of life after being on the field. I think they have a pretty good perspective of it. They’re both very faith filled boys and I think that has a lot to do with them keeping grounded. I think coming from a small town is part of it as well.” He also mentioned that they’re both extremely loyal to each other and they’re each others’ biggest fans.
I asked them both about having a brother as a fellow pro athlete. Kevin said, “It’s nice to be able to call each other. We talk almost every day and we understand the demand our sports takes on our bodies and the hours we put in and the training. It’s nice to talk to one another and to have someone that understands what the other is going through.” Terry says, “It’s such a blessing to be able to have a brother that plays pro sports. To have someone that close to know what’s going on in your life and things that you can share that maybe only he would realize or he goes through. Whether it be media or just the demands of the game and being away from the wife. It’s so great to have someone so close to you that does what you do day in, day out. No more than a few days go by without us talking on the phone at some point.”
They also work out and train together. “It goes back to being able to call each other and exchange tips and advice. He was the one that was pushing me, being the older brother. When I was coming up in high school, he was always the one to push me. When I was younger I didn’t respond to it real well but now I love it when we‘re able to get together and workout and train together. There’s nothing better” says the younger Boss. Terry mirrors that notion, “I think we both see where we’ve been and encourage each other whether it be over the phone of if he comes out here for the off-season, comes to a few games and we get to go work out together. We’re always trading stories about the newest and latest work out programs and we definitely try to encourage each other and make sure we’re always playing and playing well.”
Terry and Kevin at a Sounders game
After talking to them and their father, it sounds like the only difference in the brothers’ personality is that Kevin is more laid back. Terry says about Kevin, “I would say he is more soft spoken than I am. I’m more of the bull in the china shop and he’s just laid back. He’s more patient. He could sit and watch ESPN all day and that’d kill me to do that.” Kevin states, “He’s more high strung, I’m more laid back. I like to sit down and relax and he can’t sit down for too long before he’s wanting to move onto the next thing.”
Regardless of their one small personality difference, it seems that Kevin and Terry are similar in many ways. They work hard, appreciate the things around them and are very family-oriented. When asking about their similarities Terry says, “We’re both real hard working guys. We take a lot of pride in putting the time and work in and just making sure we prepare well and take care of what we can control. We pride ourselves in being hard workers and being good people while we do it. We both realize the game is awesome but there’s more to life than the game. Hopefully we can use the games to impact other people’s lives for the better.”
I asked both Kevin and Terry if they had any advice for young people and here’s what they said:
Kevin – “Find something that you enjoy, something you can pour everything you got into it. Make sure you enjoy what you’re doing. It needs to be something that doesn’t feel like a job. You want to be able to have fun while you’re doing it and just work hard.”
Terry – “I think just control the controllables. There are some things you can control and some things you can’t. You can control your attitude and you can work right. Those are things that nobody, no matter what situation, can take from you. Every day you go to bed you can look yourself in the mirror and say “I worked as hard as I could today or I didn’t.” I think that hard work pays off. Somewhere down the line, it might not be the way you see it but you’ll be rewarded.”
Both Kevin and Terry Boss seem to be doing positive things on and off the field. When not playing their respective sport, they enjoy spending time with their wives and being active in the community. It seems that they have been raised well and their parents are very proud. I asked Papa Boss if he had any advice for sports parents out there in which he responded by saying, “Let them play. Don’t push. If they want to play, fine, go to the games, keep them grounded but don’t push. Enjoy them expressing themselves and being on the field, but know that sports is one of many paths that your kids can take. Support them and be their fans. There will be good times and bad times, you just gotta be there for them. It’ll happen if it’s supposed to.”
When talking about Kevin and Terry, he also adds, “Whatever your kids are doing, if they’re happy and doing it well and life is good for them, as a parent, that’s what you want. This just happens to be a little more high profile than we expected.”
Although it’s more high profile than Mr. Boss and his wife may have expected, the Boss brothers have earned every ounce of their success. They work hard and do things the right way. There’s no doubt they’ll have continued success, whether it be in pro sports or in any other aspect of their lives.