Former NFL wideout Cris Carter made a lot of stops during his semi-controversial career.
Despite his rampant drug use and larger-than-life persona, Carter’s most abrasive era continues to play out off the field.
His run-ins with current players such as Seattle Seahawks champion Doug Baldwin are legendary.
On Friday he talked to the New York Daily News about Odell Beckham Jr., a receiver that is among the best in the league.
Carter is currently working with Beckham to improve his mental and physical game.
“I told him, ‘It’s the first time you’re the second best wide receiver in the building. I know you don’t like that, but get used to it. I’m the one with the (gold) jacket,’” Carter told the Daily News. “His mind is in a great place. He knows what’s at stake. He wants to work out to get better. Sometimes a personal trainer is better than the strength coach for the team.”
OBJ is currently skipping the New York Giants OTAs but plans to attend the mandatory team mini-camp in mid-June.
Carter feels like his protégée gets a bad rap because of his misunderstood behavior.
“With Odell, they go to extremes because it is him,” said Carter. “In 108 days, he will be ready to play against the Dallas Cowboys. Is he with the Giants at OTAs? I don’t care. It’s not my job. My job as a former player is to help young players understand about the business. I’m committed to helping Odell get better. So as far as OTAs, that’s somebody else’s responsibility.”
Carter’s mindset seemingly is not productive to a team environment. Let’s be clear. This discussion is about Cris Carter and not OBJ.
Carter is a notorious self-campaigner who more or less whined his way into the Hall of Fame. Does he deserve to be there?
For all intents and purposes yes. But there are others such as Tim Brown that waited forever and a day to get enshrined that made a much bigger impact on the game than Carter did.
And if Terrell Owens has to wait until the third ballot to possibly make it, it proves that wideouts simply struggle for that honor and Carter’s self-promotion was unwarranted.
It is concerning to watch Carter have such an influence over a player that regardless of his talent level, is taking steps to become the best professional that he can be.
You are who you surround yourself with.
“Odell is going to grow up,” Carter said. “That why’s he is bringing other people in his life so he can grow up. If he wasn’t trying to grow up, he wouldn’t be calling Cris Carter. He’s getting people to tell him all the right stuff. He wants to be better. Not only as a player, but emotionally, as a son, friend and teammate. He’s in the process of doing that.
“I’ve done everything humanly possible to explain who the Mara family is and what they’ve meant to the game, and Jerry Reese, who he is, and what he means to Odell and the rest of the Giants, and how the Giants have done business for the last 30 years.
And realizing every day you don’t show up, they still have a job to do. They are responsible for Odell, they drafted him, he’s a star. Can he maintain that and get better and go on to be one of the greats?
He doesn’t understand their responsibility in his development. It’s no different than when the Giants drafted Lawrence Taylor, they had to get the best out of his talent and cultivate an environment.”
Cross your fingers that Carter can spin this correctly and have a positive impact on this young man.
It has been seen time and time again that Cris Carter can be a petty, argumentative and disruptive force.
Those are not qualities that need to rub off on Beckham by osmosis.