New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was chatting up New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady before Thursday night’s preseason finale at MetLife Stadium when he followed up on a request he had made last year: “Any chance I can get a signed jersey?”
The two had first talked about it in 2015, with Brady relaying, “I promised him a jersey and forgot.”
That’s why Beckham had joked with Brady on Thursday that the jersey must have been lost in the mail. At that point, Brady decided the hand-delivered route would be the way to go, telling Beckham they’d swap after the game.
True to his word, Brady walked toward midfield after the game and met Beckham, who handed him a blue Giants jersey after signing it. They talked briefly before Brady jogged off with Beckham’s jersey in his hand.
Then Brady had his jersey delivered to Beckham behind the scenes, as team policy doesn’t allow him to do it on the field.
“He’s a great young player and I love watching him,” the 39-year-old Brady said. “It’s the kind of things you do these days in the NFL.”
The 23-year-old Beckham told the Giants’ preseason broadcast: “I was just talking to him. Any time you get a chance to talk to somebody like that, he’s made the playoffs for a very long time. It’s pretty cool. It’s fun to be able to sit out here and watch him. Surprised he’s in [for the entire first half], but it’s a fun experience.”