Before the blonde hair, the dancing, the celebrations and sideline antics, Odell Beckham Jr. was just a promising rookie wide receiver looking to make his mark.
On this date four years ago — Nov. 23, 2014 — that mark was made.
The Giants wide receiver burst onto the scene when he made a leaping one-handed (technically, three-fingered) catch into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter of a Sunday night nationally televised game against the Cowboys.
Oh, and there was defensive pass interference on the play, too.
Four years ago today, @obj made this ridiculous catch.
– SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 23, 2018
The jaw-dropping catch was the first of many acrobatic plays by Beckham but this one turned him into a star overnight.
NBC broadcaster Cris Collinsworth said it may be the greatest he has ever seen. Fans on Twitter turned him into an internet sensation by making memes of the catch — photoshopping it into things such as the Sistine Chapel.
The Odell Beckham catch was certainly pretty… pic.twitter.com/2NLRkqLABI
– Chemmy (@felixpotvin) November 24, 2014
Beckham went onto win Rookie of the Year that season with 91 catches for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in just 12 games — but it was that catch that was most memorable about that season.
Unfortunately for the Giants, it could not help them win the game that night as they fell to the Cowboys, 31-28.