Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. says he cut iconic hair for ‘fresh start’
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — Odell Beckham Jr. has a new hairstyle to go with his new team.
The Browns superstar wide receiver said Tuesday he had his iconic curly, blond locks cut in recent weeks because he wanted a change. He reserves the right to dye his hair again because many of his young fans love the look. At least one kid attending Beckham’s youth football camp at Strongsville High School had the famous hairdo.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen with the hair, but I just wanted a fresh start,” Beckham said during the camp, which about 650 children attended. “I feel a little lighter, and honestly, it was just a fresh start.
“You’re not defined by anything. I’m just comfortable with who I am. So we’ll see what happens. There might be some blond going back in. There were a lot of kids who want it. So if it’s requested, I might have to go back to it.”
Browns general manager John Dorsey gave Beckham the fresh start he desired in football by pulling of a trade with the New York Giants in March for the three-time Pro Bowler. Dorsey stopped by Tuesday’s youth camp along with JW Johnson, executive vice president of the Browns.
Beckham is among the main causes for the hype surrounding the Browns, who are favored by oddsmakers to win the AFC North and who sold out of the season tickets and single-game tickets to their regular-season home games the same day they became available to the general public.
“Expectations are just expectations, but I’m excited to be a part of the excitement,” Beckham said. “I’ve watched from afar kind of the struggles. … I feel like it’s just been on the come up. It’s just that time, and I just want to be able to give absolutely everything I have and see where we land with that.
“Trying not to look too far ahead. I feel like in the past I’ve always come in and be like, ‘I want to win Super Bowls.’ Obviously, that’s the goal. It’s the only reason you do this. But really just want to slow it down this time, take it day by day, week by week and let’s see where we end up.”
Beckham’s immediate future is all about Browns training camp. Players are scheduled to report to team headquarters in Berea on Wednesday, when Dorsey and first-year coach Freddie Kitchens will address media at noon. The first practice is slated for Thursday.
“I’ve got to learn everybody,” Beckham said. “It’s always been something that I’ve had: relationships with all (my teammates). When we start training camp, there’s 90 or 100 of us. I’ll build a relationship with anybody around. I’m going to say ‘what’s up’ to anybody who’s in that locker room.
“So my first (Browns) camp I really just want to be able to come out, set the ground work, have a great, hard camp. We’re all going to have our battles and stuff like that, but to really get prepared for this season because I know that it’s going to be a grind and it’s going to be a journey.”
Some other highlights from Beckham:
• On working out with quarterback Baker Mayfield and other teammates early this month in Los Angeles: “It went great. Baker’s ready to sling it, and we’re ready to win some games.”
• On whether he’ll be able to leave the trade from the Giants in the past: “I hope so. The only time that I talk about it is when I get asked about it, so it’s hard. … I don’t want to talk about it, but if I get asked about it, I have to answer the question, so I’m really ready to put it all behind me. I think everybody’s moved on. I’ve moved on. They’ve moved on. It’s just time. This is where I’m at. I’m at the Cleveland Browns now. This is my team, and I’m excited about that.”
• On reuniting with fellow receiver Jarvis Landry, his close friend and former LSU teammate: “Even if it’s the first preseason game, we put on that jersey, we run out in the stadium, I don’t think I can truly feel it yet. I’m very excited about it, but I’m trying not to hype myself up because it feels like a dream. This is a guy that’s my brother.”