NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, November 12, 2015, 3:37 PM
He loves them; he loves them not.
It’s been a mixed bag for Odell Beckham as far as the Patriots are concerned. He hated them when he was younger just as many people would root against a dynasty, but has a great appreciation for what Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have been able to do over the last 15 years.
“I’ve love-hated the Patriots for a long time,” Beckham said Thursday. “What they do year in and year out as far as being one of the top teams in the league, and they get the job done, they win championships, the way they conduct themselves. But on the other end, they’ve beaten all the teams that I like. I remember watching, seeing Vinatieri kicking a million field goals, Brady beating the Rams, everybody.
“It’s just been one of those teams, like, you hate them because nobody was really beating them, and you love them because no matter what they go through — even after what they’ve gone through this year and to see how they’ve come out and they play football, there’s something about it I admire. It’s still one of my least-favorite, favorite teams of all time.”
Beckham also appreciated Belichick singling out the dynamic wide receiver’s toughness Wednesday above his other obvious traits. Not his speed, agility or his all-world hands, but his toughness.
“It’s a compliment, for sure,” Beckham said. “A guy who, a Hall of Fame coach, he’s a great coach. That is a big compliment from him.”
That Belichick would be impressed most by his toughness made Beckham ponder how much of a film junkie the Pats coach really is.
“It kind of makes me wonder, how much has he really watched?” Beckham said. “For someone to pick me and put that characteristic as the thing that they notice most means they’re probably watching a lot of film.”