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NFL praises Odell Beckham Jr.’s ‘professionalism’ at Pro Bowl

Odell Beckham Jr. was praised for his “professionalism” at the Pro Bowl in a letter written by NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent obtained by ESPN.

The enigmatic New York Giants wide receiver is among the NFL’s most popular players yet also has at times drawn negative attention due to his antics both on and off the field, which often serve as a distraction for the Giants.

But at the Pro Bowl, it seemed to be a different Beckham, at least from the NFL’s perspective.

Vincent’s letter was sent to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Giants owner John Mara, general manager Jerry Reese, coach Ben McAdoo, director of player development David Tyree and Beckham’s agent, Zeke Sandhu, per an ESPN report.

“I would be remiss not to acknowledge how engaging and professional Odell Beckham Jr. was during the entire week of the Pro Bowl,” Vincent wrote in the letter. “By far and away, he represented the New York Football Giants and the NFL with great poise, congeniality, and professionalism.”

Beckham has been a target for criticism throughout his career, but just recently was widely scrutinized for incidents leading up to, during and following the Giants’ playoff game against the Green Bay Packers.

Beckham and a handful of Giants teammates took a trip to Miami on a scheduled day off in a move that was widely panned. He later defended his actions by stating, “I’m a grown man.” Beckham then had a horrible game before suffering a meltdown afterward, during which he punched a hole in a wall at Lambeau Field.

Beckham obviously has his detractors, but there are those who remain fully supportive amid setbacks, including Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, who recently called his friend “extremely misunderstood.”

It sounds like the NFL may be warming up to the apparently new-and-improved Beckham as well.

“Odell single-handedly took our engagement to a higher level,” Vincent wrote in the letter. “You should be proud to have him representing your club and your city at the Pro Bowl and I didn’t want to go another day without writing to acknowledge his extraordinary efforts.”