WATCH: Odell Beckham makes greatest NFL catch in history
New York Giants player Odell Beckham jnr arches backwards to catch a 43-yard throw in what could be the greatest catch in American Football history
Odell Beckham jnr, a New York Giants wide receiver in his rookie professional season, may have made the greatest catch in NFL history on Sunday night when arching backwards as a 43-yard throw from quarterback Eli Manning seemed to be sailing out of play.
Although he was under pressure from the Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr, who boxed him in, bumped him and attempted to grab on to his shirt, Beckham stretched out his right arm and managed to grasp the ball out of the air with the tips of three fingers before his hot-stepping footwork on the sideline forced his body to stay in play as he twisted to fall in the end zone and touched down.
Despite it being a catch for all the ages, “the greatest of all time?” the NFL pondered on its Twitter feed, it was not enough to prevent defeat – the Cowboys edging the match 31-28. Later the NFL hedged its bets more, recording that “Odell Beckham just broke the internets” before downgrading it to “Catch. Of. The. Year.” NBA star LeBron James was far less equivocal: saying: "Man I just witnessed the greatest catch ever possibly by Odell Beckham Jr! WOW!!!!"
“Wow” seemed to be a universal response. "INCREDIBLE!!! to that Grab," the former Dallas Cowboys receiver and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin said on Twitter. "Simply one of the greatest grabs in a game I have ever seen. WOW."
Beckham attributed the stunning catch less to his athleticism and Flamenco-dancer’s feet to his Pat Jennings-scale 10 inch hands. “"I guess I have to thank my mom for the long fingers,” he said before toeing the line of the age old tradition that winning surpasses all individual achievements: “I hope it is not the greatest catch because with time I hope I can make more. It really means nothing. You still go home at the end of the day with a loss, and that’s just not a good feeling.”