NFL players love to dabble in other sports during the off-season.
Russell Wilson has spent time with the Texas Rangers in spring training. Cam Newton has hung around with the USA water polo national team. Now, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is kicking around with FC Bayern Munich.
Bayern, a team that plays in the Bundesliga, is the most successful club team in German soccer history. Their current roster boasts stars like Arjen Robben, Franck Ribéry, Manuel Neuer and—at least for one day—OBJ:
— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) July 15, 2016
There's a reason we call soccer "football" pic.twitter.com/roFawi1VRy
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) July 15, 2016
Beckham reportedly engaged in a friendly contest against midfielder Xabi Alonso, which included ball juggling and free kicks. Beckham was actually big into soccer when he was younger, but American football ultimately won his heart.
"I started [playing soccer] when I was 3 years old and played until I was about 14," Beckham told NJ.com in 2015. "My coach was pushing to try and get me on the national team and try out. At that age, you're 13, 14 years old, you know that to make it big in soccer you are probably going to have to go overseas. Obviously that would be a goal and that would be the dream. At that age it would have been hard for me to leave my family and just go."
Beckham showed off some fancy soccer-style footwork prior to a Giants game in 2014:
It's hard to estimate how good OBJ could've been had he stuck with soccer.
He would possess average height for a forward in the Bundesliga, but his speed, explosiveness and agility could make him a dynamic player. At the 2014 NFL Combine, Beckham clocked a 4.43 40-Yard Dash, a 38.5-inch Vertical Jump and a supersonic 3.94 20-Yard Shuttle. Athleticism like that is a big reason why OBJ could likely find success in any sport he chooses. Check out more shots of Beckham with Bayern from the team's official website:
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