Giants receiver Odell Beckham was thrilled to catch Big Blue legend Lawrence Taylor at a big Nike event in SoHo.
We’re told that Beckham, the honoree, had no idea that Taylor was coming as Nike flew in Taylor from his south Florida home, where Hurricane Irma is bearing down.
Beckham told fans at the event that Taylor was his idol, while for his part Taylor was overheard telling Fox News legal eagle Arthur Aidala — who helped him beat a sexual assault charge in 2010 — that his idol was his own dad.
“It’s not easy for me as a black man to say my father is my idol, but he was,” Taylor said to Aidala. “No matter how tired my father was from working every day, he would always make time to ‘get it on,’ which meant playing football, baseball or basketball with me and my brothers. My father also told me that because I was black I’d need to be better than everyone else just to be equal.”
We’re told that Beckham signed a jersey for Taylor with the letters G.O.A.T., which stand for “Greatest of All Time.”
Throughout the week, Beckham was listed as “questionable” for Sunday’s season opener against the Dallas Cowboys, due to an ankle injury he sustained in a preseason game in Cleveland. But fans at Thursday’s Nike event seemed to believe that even if Beckham and Taylor were at the top of their game, LT would get the best of ODB.
At the event Taylor was heard to say that his own idol was his father, who played sports with his sons every day when he got home from work.
One person in the crowd asked Beckham if he and LT were pitted against each other, if Taylor would be able to stop him from getting into the end zone with the game on the line.
“Yes!” yelled a group of Giants supporters in the crowd.
One thing that would be hard to beat is the deal Beckham signed with Nike in May. The 24-year-old touchdown machine will reportedly get $ 25 mil for wearing the brand’s signature swoosh over the next five years.
With Brian Niemietz