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.