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LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. wins Paul Hornung Award

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LSU wide receiver/return specialist Odell Beckham Jr. is this year’s recipient of the Paul Hornung Award, given annually to the most versatile player in college football.

The award is in its fourth year of existence. Hornung, of course, may be as well known for his 1956 Heisman Trophy as he is for his 2004 remarks about Notre Dame needing to recruit the “black athlete.”

Beckham set an LSU record with 2,222 all-purpose yards this season, which also ranks third in SEC history. Of those yards, 1,117 came on 57 receptions. Here’s Beckham’s statement about winning the award, for any PR junkies out there:

“It’s just an honor and a blessing to even be mentioned with the other guys who were up for the Hornung Award,” Beckham said. “I am proud to accept the award and thank the committee for recognizing me. It means a lot to me personally because I have worked extremely hard, long before this season started. I had great teammates help me along the way, especially on kickoff and punt returns. None of the opportunities to display my versatility would have been possible if it weren’t for my teammates and coaches who put me in a position to succeed.”

 

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16 Responses to “LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. wins Paul Hornung Award”
  1. numbr4stuna says: Dec 13, 2013 9:24 AM

    Good for him! Well deserved. Can’t wait to see him play in the NFL. He’s got some of the best hands I’ve seen in a college receiver in a long time.

  2. raysfan1 says: Dec 13, 2013 9:37 AM

    Congrats to Odell Beckham, Jr.

    Negative 1000 to JJ for insisting on inserting something stupid Paul Hornung once said. Seriously?! May be as well known for winning the Heisman? Forget ever mentioning the Hall of Fame professional football career with the Packers or the decades of being an announcer. Just focus on the one embarrassing moment in time because that one stupid statement outweighs the rest of his life.

    (Just to be clear, JJ, the problem is not that you included the statement in your post. He said it. It was stupid. I’m sure he’s embarrassed about it even if he was unintentionally being racist. The problem was the snarky way you did it. If you truly feel that Paul Hornung should not have the honor of having an award named after him because of that comment, then ask one of the other bloggers to cover it.)

  3. geodude11 says: Dec 13, 2013 9:40 AM

    “Hornung, of course, may be as well known for his 1956 Heisman Trophy as he is for his 2004 remarks about Notre Dame needing to recruit the black athlete.” The “writer”/”author” of this article is apparently brain dead. He must be a revered member of the AP.

  4. dcviking says: Dec 13, 2013 10:04 AM

    No mention that Paul Hornung was kicked out of the NFL for gambling?

  5. 1stbaseman44 says: Dec 13, 2013 11:01 AM

    hoping he delcares for the draft. and in may i hear. with the 25 pick in the first round the cincinnati bengals select wr lsu odell beckham jr.

  6. Deb says: Dec 13, 2013 12:27 PM

    Congrats to Beckham!!

    @dcviking …

    No mention of Hornung’s gambling issue because it’s not relevant to this award or to his talent as a player. Can’t take off those purple glasses for a second, huh? :)

  7. ezwriter69 says: Dec 13, 2013 2:49 PM

    So, Miles Jack wins both the Offensive and Defensive Freshman of the year in the Pac12, is a very good UCLA’s teams best player on both sides of the ball, but somehow is not the most versatile player? A WR and kick returner, wow, there are so few return guys who play wide receiver and play special teams… what a crock. Jack is so obviously the most versatile player in the country, most versatile for decades… just eliminate this award, it’s a bleeping joke.

  8. southernpatriots says: Dec 13, 2013 3:15 PM

    From what I saw of college football this year, Odell Beckham Jr. deserved this award. Of course, I am a homer, a generational and genetic LSU alum and fan, but I am so happy for Odell.

    Congratulations Odell Beckham Jr.!!!

    I had to persevere to get to this CFT story. NBC in their wisdom no longer sends me the CFT anything, nor any responses to postings. I guess I don’t post enough, or am too old, or something.

  9. dcviking says: Dec 13, 2013 3:17 PM

    @Deb –

    Yeah I know, but every time I raise that point on PFT my post is “mysteriously” removed, so I feel to the need to roll out it here…if for no other reason than, as you stated, I wear purple glasses all the time.

  10. chinahand11 says: Dec 13, 2013 5:09 PM

    I also have had posts removed, not that anyone is holding their breath to read my opinion.

    Odell will be a good pro IMHO if he can avoid injury. He is quick and can change gears instantly. Great hands.

    I thought it was mega-lame to bring up Hornung’s dumb remarks from years ago. Doesn’t everyone get a second chance? JJ does it make you happy to say “nanny-nanny boo-boo?”

  11. Deb says: Dec 13, 2013 6:48 PM

    @dcviking …

    In that case, you have my full support. Isn’t it nice to visit a site where you can comment on football and talk a lil smack without having every word censored by dimwits?

  12. Deb says: Dec 13, 2013 6:55 PM

    @southernpatriots …

    Since I’m overwhelmed with e-mail, I have folders on my bookmarks bar for PFT and CFT. There I store the bookmarks for their home pages and for the home pages of my teams, as well as the links to any articles on which I’m commenting. Periodically through the work day, I’ll just click on the links to see what new articles have posted or if any new comments have been added. Every couple of days I delete the links for articles where the conversation has played out.

    That works better for me than receiving notifications that just get lost among the hundreds of other incoming e-mails.

  13. dcviking says: Dec 13, 2013 9:36 PM

    @Deb –

    It absolutely is — sad that I have to come to the college football forum to talk pro smack, but alas, I do.

    With a nod to chinahand11, I can’t imagine anyone is holding their breath to read what I post either, but whatever “the rules” are for posting on PFT, they certainly aren’t applied consistently.

  14. Deb says: Dec 13, 2013 9:56 PM

    @dcviking …

    They brought in the moderators in early 2011. I remember so well because I’m a Steelers fan and was trying to be gracious to the Pack on winning SBXLV, and those numbnuts kept censoring our congrats. It’s tough enough to congratulate the team that just beat you in the Super Bowl without having a bunch of jerks censoring you. They’re a little better supervised now, but it’s still crazy. Coming here is like putting on your pajamas and grabbing a bowl of popcorn :)

  15. southernpatriots says: Dec 13, 2013 10:03 PM

    Deb:

    Thanks for the info. I would need some of the younger more computer literate folks to do what you do for me.

    I have written JT about it. I think it is NBC’s fault. They do such things on their forums and so far, I have been civil. I think it is I am not posting enough for them, so sporatic, that they don’t want to be bothered with me. Old song line, “That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it” ha, whether it is wrong or right.

    Recouping from a touch of the flu, and about to get back to helping some folks with pneumonia. Get past Christmas and the bitter cold and then I will take a medical missions team to Haiti. I don’t have to carry or manage the huge bags this time, so I think I will make it…ha.

  16. Deb says: Dec 14, 2013 11:04 AM

    @southernpatriots …

    So sorry to hear about your flu. Don’t overdo! It’s been so warm here in Florida–we look at the weather map and see the cold everywhere else and it seems unreal. Taking the folks to Alabama for Christmas and hope it’s not too much for them. Neither is well. Maybe Haiti will be warmer and easier to take. Pray you’ll have success.

    Wish I could better explain the bookmarks thing. It works a little differently with different browsers, but it’s very simple. In Internet Explorer, you’ll see a gold star with a green arrow in a bar toward top left of your screen. If you click that, it will save a link for this page (or any page you’re viewing) in that bar. In Google Chrome, it’s a larger gold star in the link bar on the top right. Creating folders is a little more complicated :) But to save the links, all you have to do is click on these stars. To delete them, just right click on the link and click delete. Hope that helps!

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