Quarantine had a different effect on everybody, but for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., it was closer to a cathartic experience.
In an interview with Maverick Carter on UNINTERRUPTED, Beckham said quarantine allowed him to get to a “peaceful place” and was the “best thing that ever happened to me.”
“It’s crazy to say this, in the weirdest way, it was the first time I had ever felt at such a peaceful place,” he said in the interview, which will be released on UNINTERRUPTED’s YouTube channel later on Thursday. “Remember when I talked to you about football…the fact that they had taken football out of the equation for me? I just felt like it was a weight lifted off.
“Like I’m just chilling, getting my mind, my body, my soul right. So, quarantine for me, as funny as it sounds, is probably the best thing that ever happened to me.”
Beckham, 27, spent this offseason rehabbing from surgery to repair a sports hernia – which he played through last season in his first year with the Browns.
The star wide receiver has been subjected to criticism since he exploded onto the scene as a rookie with the Giants for his fiery personality and off-field behavior -- which may have factored into New York trading him to Cleveland.
Beckham underachieved his first year in Cleveland, posting career lows in receiving yards (1,035), receptions (74) and touchdowns (4) when playing in at least 12 games a season.
While quarantine may have allowed Beckham to reset mentally and physically, his Week 1 performance against the Ravens was less-than-stellar, finishing with three catches for 22 yards.
Some chemistry concerns have come up between Beckham and quarterback Baker Mayfield, but the two will look to silence those questions on Thursday night when the Browns host the Bengals.