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- In an episode of his weekly docu-series, “I am more: OBJ,” New York Giants superstar Odell Beckham Jr. said he spends more than $300,000 to take care of his body each offseason.
- The 26-year-old wide receiver said he was inspired by the longevity of Tom Brady and other players in their 18th and 19th seasons in the league.
- Other superstar athletes, such as LeBron James and James Harrison, have perfected the art of using the tools around them to extend the lifespans of their careers.
New York Giants superstar Odell Beckham Jr. has made a career out of defying the odds.
And in the latest episode of his weekly docu-series “I am more: OBJ,” Beckham said his goal is to do so for years to come.
The 26-year-old Beckham estimated that he spends over $300,000 each offseason on body maintenance, with money going to doctors, massage therapists, trainers, track specialists, chiropractors, and more.
For most people that astronomical price tag is out of reach. However, with Beckham’s $90 million contract and endorsements from Nike and others, Beckham sees that expenditure as more of an investment than anything else.
“I take care of my body each and every day,” Beckham said, per ESPN’s Jordan Raanan. “I put, probably, over $300,000 in my body in the offseason. It’s a lot to upkeep. I don’t ever want to decline.”
Beckham cited Tom Brady as a source of inspiration. Brady – who is currently playing in his 18th NFL season – is famous for going to great lengths to keep his body in top shape. He eats a diet that consists nearly 80% of vegetables, opts for exercises that increase flexibility rather than those that involve lifting heavy weights, and goes to sleep at 8:30 every night. His former teammate James Harrison also spends six figures to keep his body in peak condition.
Four-time NBA MVP LeBron James places a similarly high premium on caring for his body. James has cited sleep as the most critical component of his recovery routine, aiming to get eight or nine hours of quality sleep each night. He also reportedly spends lots of money on his body care regiment, but at 33 years old, James shows no signs of slowing down.
But that doesn’t prevent his younger teammates for teasing him about his age:
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Beckham is in good company when it comes to investing in his greatest asset. Having endured a severe ankle injury last season, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, native understands what it takes to keep his body right. He worked with popular NFL trainer Jamal Liggin and celebrity trainer Colt Colletti this offseason to regain his pre-injury agility and speed. He also consulted with USC Director of Track and Field Caryl Smith Gilbert.
“I feel like next year I’ll be even better,” Beckham said during the episode. And if Brady, Harrison, and James are any indication, he’s probably right.
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