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Odell Beckham Jr.’s cleats have grass from his high school field in them (pic)

When Odell Beckham Jr. steps onto the turf at Lincoln Financial Field for Thursday night’s tilt with the Philadelphia Eagles, an extra layer of sod located in a strange location will provide him an additional lift, so to speak.

How? The cleats the New York Giants wide receiver will don for “Thursday Night Football” have actual grass from the football field at his high school alma mater embedded in the soles.

ESPN’s Darren Rovell shared a photograph of the sod-inserted shoes.

Beckham, born and raised in New Orleans, La., attended the city’s Isidore Newman School, where he starred in not only football but also baseball and track.

Playing wide receiver as well as quarterback and cornerback, Beckham became a highly touted recruit, ascending to the sixth-ranked wide receiver and 40th-ranked overall player in the nation before committing to play for the LSU Tigers.

And now, at least for one night, Beckham’s steps will be boosted by a reminder of exactly where it all started.

Let’s just hope, though, that these custom Nike cleats don’t run afoul of NFL uniform policy, as was apparently the case with his Craig Sager tribute sneakers from last week’s game.